• September 28, 2016
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Missing Omani boy’s body found in sea

Rescue workers combed the Suwaih area for three days

Fahad Al Mukrashi, Correspondent
16:02 September 17, 2016
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Muscat: The body of a 10-year-old boy who went missing in the sea on Wednesday was found in Suwaih area of Jalan Bani Bu Ali province on Saturday morning.

The body was recovered by residents of the village, according to the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA).

Personnel at PACDA and residents had combed the area for three days for the child.

The boy, whose name is not currently being released by the PACDA, and two others were was swept away by the waves on Wednesday.

Residents managed to rescue the two others but were unable to find the boy.

They went swimming despite warnings from authorities to avoid the rough sea.

On Thursday, an expatriate was rescued after he went swimming at a beach in Qurum district of Muscat.

Drowning cases are being reported often in Oman, as people continue to disregard warnings from authorities.

Children make up the majority of drowning victims as they are not strong enough to swim against powerful currents.

Parents often leave their children to swim alone prompting the PACDA to organise several campaigns to warn parents against negligent behaviour.

Over 10 children have drowned in Oman in the past year, according to PACDA figures.