A South African man working as a paramedic has died trying to rescue an injured man on a mountain in the United Arab Emirates.
The man identified as Mark Roxburgh died together with three other paramedics from UAE when their helicopter crashed.
They were trying to rescue the injured man in Ras al-Khaimah in the north eastern region of the United Arab Emirates.
The rescue effort was being carried out on Saturday, with the intention of airlifting an injured man from Jebel Jais – the UAE’s highest mountain.
Associated Press reports that before the helicopter could reach the injured man, it crashed and burst into flames.
— Dubai News (@DubaiNews13) December 29, 2018
News24 quotes a statement the department of international relations and cooperation on Sunday saying “South African Consulate in Dubai is currently providing consular assistance to the family of Mr Roxburgh.”
Meanwhile Roxburgh’s sister, Lindy-Lee Felix has confirmed her brother’s death on her Facebook page.
Ras al-Khaimah’s ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi has already ordered an immediate investigation into the crash.
#UAE‘s National Research and Rescue Center (@NCEMAUAE) is searching for the bodies of 4 people killed in a helicopter crash in #rasalkhaimah near the world’s largest #zipline in #jebeljaishttps://t.co/EotGook3uO pic.twitter.com/HkrLmswf0Q
— Arab News (@arabnews) December 29, 2018