Dad lets girl die to protect her from 'strange' life guards

A 20-year-old girl is dead after her father intervened to stop life guards from saving her life on a Dubai beach.

A top Dubai official said the dad felt it better she drown then be touched by a man he didn't know.

Lt Col Ahmed Burqibah from the city's Police Search and Rescue Department told Emirates 24|7 it was an incident he could not forget.

"It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case," he said.

"The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.

"Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl.

"However, there was one obstacle which prevented them from reaching the girl and helping her.

"This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter."

He stood in the way of rescuers as they rushed to pull her from the water.

Lt Col Burqibah said the man was tall and strong, and "got violent" with his daughter's would-be saviours.

The father is now being prosecuted for preventing rescuers from saving his daughter.

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