Avoidable tragedy

Man lets drowning daughter die rather than allowing her to be touched by male rescuer

An aerial view of a beach in Dubai. Warren Little/Getty Images

Correction: The following story is from an incident that took place in 1996. According to The Guardian, the story was repackaged and presented as new on Emirates 24/7, which was then reported by several news sources, including us. We regret the error.

A father on a beach in Dubai reportedly let his 20-year-old daughter, who was drowning, die, rather than allow a “strange” male rescuer attempt to save her life, according to officials who were on the scene. In a stunning and tragic turn of events, officials say a man was at the beach with his family and his daughter began drowning and was screaming for help. When lifeguards rushed to the scene to save the woman, they ran into an “obstacle” said Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of search and rescue for the the Dubai police department. “This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonor her. It cost him the life of his daughter.” The man was adamant about them not touching his daughter and even physically prevented rescuers from entering the water, Burqibah recalled. “He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man.” The man was later arrested for interfering with the rescue attempt.

Read the full story at Emirates 24/7.

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