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Three people reportedly drown in Qatar over Eid al-Fitr holiday week


Photo of Sealine beach for illustrative purposes only.
Photo of Sealine beach for illustrative purposes only.

With reporting from Elysia Windrum

Beach revelry during the Eid al-Fitr holidays turned tragic this week after two people drowned while swimming in Al Wakrah beach and another died while swimming at Sealine beach.

According to Qatar Tribune, the two who died at Al Wakrah Beach were swimming with friends when the high tide struck on Tuesday. The deceased are Paul Ngugi Karoki, 29, and Joyce Wairimu Gitau, 30, who hailed from Kenya.

When reached for comment, an embassy official told Doha News that he could not confirm the deaths, but added that the police are investigating the incident.

However, the newspaper quoted a Kenyan embassy official as saying:

“The two were in a group of four when they went out to swim at around 4pm on Tuesday. They continued swimming and a few minutes after 5pm the tides started becoming stronger. Two of them stopped swimming while the other two continued with their swimming.”

The official added that the bodies of the deceased were retrieved late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning at 1am.

Also on Tuesday, a man drowned while swimming at Sealine Beach, according to the Peninsula, but further details are not available.

Other drownings

Drownings in Qatar are uncommon, but tend to increase in the summer months and during the holidays.

For example, Last October, two Filipino expats drowned while crabbing in Al Khor on the first day of Eid al-Adha. They too had been caught by the rising tide while two of their friends eventually made it to safety.

As more people flock to the beaches to cool off, the Ministry of Interior has posted a series of messages on Twitter, warning residents to take care while swimming in the sea:

How are you staying safe at the beach? Thoughts?


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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
7 years ago

Innalilah wa inna ilahi rajihoon

7 years ago

People don’t realize that during July and September every year the tides are always high. In a similar incident 24 people have died in Karachi on Sea View beach on Eid ul Fitr.

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7 years ago
Reply to  Ali

such incidents are very tragic and more so… because they are easily avoidable!

7 years ago

This kinds of incidents happen all over the world, In Kerala (India) there are so many rivers take so many lives of youths while they are swimming, even there are sign boards to prohibit swimming.. In Qatar, one of my friend died when he was using a private swimming pool. The public must understand that water is more powerful that humans. It will change its habit at any time without any notice. If you know to swim, you can’t challenge the water, because water is nature and no one have the power to challenge the nature.

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