Oman steps up patrols after expat drowns in tourist hot spot

Ministry of Tourism says rescue teams on stand by
Oman steps up patrols after expat drowns in tourist hot spot
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By Staff writer
Wed 22 Jul 2015 12:15 PM

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has stepped up rescue team patrols  after an expat drowned in the popular Wadi Shab, in the Al Sharqiyah region on Saturday.

The Times of Oman reported that rescue teams have now been placed on site at Mughsayl and in the Dhofar governate, while there are plans to add teams at Wadi Bani Khalid.

The paper said that in October 2014, nine people had drowned in different incidents during the Eid Al Adha holidays, including seven expats who drowned at the Yiti and Mughsayl beaches.

Experts have warned visitors against swimming in areas known to have strong currents, and to be cautious when venturing out into oceans and wadis.

Ashraf Al Harbi, co-founder of Dolphin Swimming Centre and a swimming expert for the past ten years told the paper: “Swimming is supposed to be relaxing, and by relaxing your muscles you get some form of natural flotation from your body. Most drowning incidents are due to negligence. The person goes into the water without knowing how to swim or does not know how to handle himself when he gets cramps. People do not understand that muscle cramps make it harder for them to swim and during a stomach cramp in water, a person’s body naturally tends to curl up forcing the head to be go down. So people need to be knowledgeable.”

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