Qatari rescue operation saves South Korean sailor who fell from a ship
A heroic joint effort by various wings of the Qatari military and coast guard helped save the life of a South Korean sailor who accidentally fell into the sea from a ship on Wednesday.
A joint search and rescue operation, comprising teams from the Internal Security Force ‘Lekhwiya,’ the General Directorate of Coasts and Border Security, Air and Maritime Search and Rescue teams, Amiri Naval forces and the Amiri Air Force, helped rescue the sailor after an intense 24-hour search.
Air and Maritime Search and Rescue teams rescue a Korean national who had fallen overboard from a commercial vessel after it entered Qatari waters. #MOIQatar pic.twitter.com/9UQIPhZtWn— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) May 24, 2023
The joint rescue mission was launched immediately after receiving information about the incident from the crew of the cargo ship.
An intense search in the immediate vicinity of the ship, as well as surrounding areas, ensued. Multiple helicopters and specialized marine vessels were used in the rescue operations.
Once the missing person was found in the water, he was saved and transported directly to Hamad Hospital for necessary first aid.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of South Korea in Qatar expressed its deepest gratitude to the country for its full and expeditious assistance in the search and rescue mission.
South Korean Ambassador to Qatar Lee Joon-ho conveyed his gratitude to the concerned authorities for taking swift and intensive action.
Ambassador Lee visited the Korean national at Hamad Hospital and wished him a speedy recovery, assuring him the Embassy would provide all necessary support until he returns to South Korea.
“The prompt and full support of the government of Qatar resulting in the successful rescue of the Korean national showed the depth of the long-standing friendly relations which Korea and Qatar have forged over the past 50 years. Our strong friendship will deepen and strengthen to a greater level in the years ahead,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.
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