Miracle rescue after missing toddler found 'asleep' on UAE's highest peak after 12-hour overnight search

Authorities warn against trekking without support on Jebel Jais - an area that can be treacherous for inexperienced hikers

The toddler suffered nothing worse than a few scratches after being missing overnight on Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest peak. Courtesy RAK Police
The toddler suffered nothing worse than a few scratches after being missing overnight on Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest peak. Courtesy RAK Police

Ras Al Khaimah rescue teams have found a toddler who had been missing overnight on the UAE's highest peak.

The boy, 2, was reported lost on Jebel Jais by his family on Friday evening before sunset, RAK Police said on Saturday.

Search teams spent 12 hours scouring Jebel Jais – which is 1,934 metres high – looking for the boy who went missing during a family trip.

The search continued through the night and the toddler was eventually found at 6am on Saturday.

The Hazza Fazza adventure team found the boy asleep, with nothing worse than a few scratches.

Authorities handed the child over to his parents and warned the family against trekking without support and guides in an area that can be treacherous for inexperienced hikers.

RAK police gave no further details about the incident.

Police and rescue teams issue frequent warnings about the dangers inexperienced hikers can face in the UAE's mountains.

Updated: May 22, 2021 05:26 PM

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