European diving student drowns off Jumeirah

Man was in the water in Al Khan area. (Ahmad Ardity)

A 29-year-old European man who came to the UAE to learn how to dive died after drowning off Jumeirah in Dubai, a newspaper said on Monday.

The man was among several diving students who went into the water on Saturday, but did not turn up after all other divers returned to beach.

Police, quoted by 'Al Ittihad' Arabic newspaper, said his body was found after a search operation.

“He came on a visit visa and joined a diving institute in Dubai. He died after the diving instructor and his aides tried to rescue him on their own without informing the competent authorities.

"The time element is decisive in such matters,” the paper said, quoting Major Abdullah Al Naqbi, head of Marine Rescue Operations, Dubai Police.

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