Daring UAE woman saves life of an Indian driver

In a daring act, a courageous woman saved the life of an Indian truck driver in the  United Arab Emirates (UAE) from a fire following a horrific truck accident. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi will honour the lady for her brave act.

The lady, Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti (22) was driving home when she saw two trucks burst into flames in Ras al-Khaimah, a city in the UAE. The Indian driver of the truck was also on fire and crying for help, the media report said.

A brave UAE woman saved the life of an Indian truck driver in Ras a-Khaimah.
A brave UAE woman saved the life of an Indian truck driver in Ras a-Khaimah. Photo courtesy: npr.org

Al Kumaiti said she was shocked to see the two trucks on fire following the accident. She also saw a man on fire shouting for help.

She swung into action and asked her accompanying friend to take her abaya (a traditional garment worn by Muslim women) cloak and leaped out of the car. She extinguished the flames of the victim by putting the abaya around him.

The Indian driver was identified as Harkirit Singh who was later taken to hospital for burn injuries.

Al Kumaiti said, “He was lying down. I went to cover the guy because there were no clothes on him. He looked at me and said, 'I'm dying. I'm afraid to die.”

She tried to talk to him and calm him down. She told him he would survive as the rescue teams will arrive soon.

The police patrols, ambulance and paramedics shortly arrived. They swung into action, provided first aid to the driver, and rushed him to the hospital.

She said, “All thanks and praise to Almighty Allah who gave me the power and courage to act at the right time and save the man's life.”

Both the drivers suffered "40 to 50 per cent burns". Major Tariq Mohamed Al Sharhan, head of the ambulance and rescue section at the Ras Al Khaimah police said they want to honour the bravery of the ‘abaya woman’, the report said.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi will also honour Al Kumaiti, Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, was quoted as saying by the report.


Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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