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Men stranded without water in Saudi desert make lucky escape

Five men stranded for hours without water or phone signal after taking shortcut across sand

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 09:38 September 15, 2013

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Sabq
  • The stranded men are rescued from the deep sand.

Manama: Five Pakistani expatriates had a lucky escape after they were lost in the harsh Saudi desert for hours without water or phone signal.

The men were on their way to Hafr Al Atash, a small village 150 kilometres north of the capital Riyadh, when they opted to take a shortcut.

However, they lost their way and their truck got stuck in the deep sands. The phone signal was weak and there was no network to allow them to call anyone for help, local news site Sabq reported on Sunday.

“We discovered them hours after they waded into the dramatic situation,” Abdullah Al Rasheedi, a Saudi citizen, said. “I was riding our vehicle with my sons when we saw the truck. We headed towards it and we found the five men. The first thing we did was to provide them with water because they had run out of it.”

The Pakistanis said that they had lost their way and had no idea where they were, he added.

“We worked together to pull the truck out of the sand and afterwards drove ahead of them until the road they had initially sought to reach for their short cut,” Abdullah said.

Online commentators praised the Saudi man for helping the stranded expatriates.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 19:19 September 15, 2013

    well done brother

    abid saeed, Dubai, Pakistan

  2. Added 17:49 September 15, 2013

    Excellent Work - May allah bless you and your family.

    Abdul Rahman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:31 September 15, 2013

    May Almighty Allah always bless you with happiness and good health, my brother Abdullah.

    Azad Parvez, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:22 September 15, 2013

    Allah bless you and your family.

    syed ahmed, dubai, India

  5. Added 16:01 September 15, 2013

    Allah Keep You Always Happy and Full of Joy Your Life....

    Shaikh Ashfaque Ahhmed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:40 September 15, 2013

    Masha Allah. its not easy to take the truck out. Wow. May Allah reward you and your family. Amazing. Subhanallah

    khalid, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:34 September 15, 2013

    May Allah bless you.

    Abid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:07 September 15, 2013

    JAZAK ALLAH, May ALLAH bless you and your family Abdullah Al RAsheedi

    Khan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:28 September 15, 2013

    May Allah bless Abdullah Al Rasheed and all the UAE and GCC nationals who are regularly showing us expatriates how big their hearts are........

    satish, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:49 September 15, 2013

    Great work from so kind hearted men!!!!

    Chathura, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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