Scouts save a 16-year old boy from drowning
Two Scouts from the Scout Association of Maldives saved a 16-year old boy from drowning while spearfishing.
Ahmed Ahunaf of Raa Atoll Inguraidhoo was spearfishing near the island’s shore when he chased a grouper and got separated from his friends. While trying to catch a fish, his spear, which was tangled to his hands, got stuck between boulders of rock.
According to Ahunaf, he tried to untangle the rope from his hands and swim ashore, but the current made things difficult. “I was struggling to remove the rope and the spear, and I was running out of air. I was very difficult,” he said.
While the incident was happening, two Scouts from Inguraidhoo School, Nishaah Abdul Ghafoor and Ali Fauzaan noticed it and immediately came to the rescue.
They grabbed Ahunaf and tried to bring him up to catch some air, but the rope tying the victim’s hand to the speak made things difficult. They were pushed against time as Ahunaf was quickly losing air and eventually lost consciousness. They tried to pull the spear itself and untangle the rope repeatedly.
When all hope seemed lost, Fauzaan managed to finally loosen the thread, and Ghafoor quickly brought him up to get some air. They brought Ahunaf ashore and swiftly performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Eventually, the Scouts where able to save Ahunaf.
With the help of some locals, they brought Ahunaf to Inguraidhoo Health Centre for immediate treatment. According to the Medical Officer, the reason for the quick recovery of the patient [Ahunaf] was due to the “timely intervention by the rescue group”.
The Scout Association of Maldives have already commended the two Scouts for their heroic act. Both will be honoured by the Scout Association of Maldives in a separate ceremony.
(With reports from Mohamed Luth Ibrahim Ziyau, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Iskandhar Scout Group of the Scout Association of Maldives)