Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

  • Saved from drowning in Alkhobar were a father and his two children
  • In Yanbu, a naval patrol rescued two Bangladeshi fishermen

ALKHOBAR/YANBU: Saudi Border Guards rescued five people in two separate sea mishaps over the weekend.

In the first incident, a maritime patrol saved a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.

Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call from a woman saying her husband and two daughters, aged 2 and 8, were out swimming and had not returned to the beach.

Search and rescue teams, along with ambulances, were sent to the spot and saved the man and his daughters. All three are now in good condition, the spokesman said.

Al-Aklabi stressed the importance of following safety measures listed on the beaches, which include swimming only in designated places.

Rescued in the second incident were two Bangladeshi fishermen who got stranded in a boat in the Red Sea off the western city of Yanbu.

Colonel Maher Al-Morai, media spokesman for the Border Guards in Madinah region, said the command center received a distress call on Saturday that a boat with two men aboard got wrecked in the Shaab Al-Wasl area in Yanbu.

A naval patrol was dispatched to the wreck site and the fishermen were rescued, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


Saudi specialist teams to fight locust invasion

Updated 03 June 2020

Saudi specialist teams to fight locust invasion

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has deployed 40 field teams to fight desert locusts.

The teams will operate south of Riyadh (Wadi Al-Dawasir, Al-Sulayyil, and Al-Aflaj), southeast of Asir (Ahad Rafidah, Sarat Abidah, Wadi bin Hashbal, Tathleeth, Bisha, Tareeb, and Al-Khanqah, and their affiliated centers), Najran’s governorates and eastern desert, and the eastern Taif highlands in the Makkah region.

The ministry said that the Locust Control and Migratory Pest Center is implementing efforts to fight the locust problem in targeted areas, where the extent of the risk has been assessed.

Teams are specially equipped to fight the locust invasion, which began as an outbreak in Yemen, Oman and the Empty Quarter.

A total of 24 pest control teams, nine exploration teams, five supervision and monitoring teams and two maintenance teams have been formed to counter the threat.

Teams will be supplied with over 15,000 liters of pesticides as well as safety tools, spare parts, oil, and fuel as logistical support to aid the operation. SPA Riyadh

Measures aim to reduce breeding in the regions and meet the threat of swarms crossing from Oman and Yemen.

Abnormal rainfall in the south of the Arabian Peninsula has coincided with the summer migration of the locust swarms from East Africa toward southwest Asia (India and Pakistan), the ministry said. 

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