Girl dies while diving in Dubai
According to reports by Gulf News, 24-year-old tourist Aarushi Singh died on Thursday during a scuba diving lesson in Dubai. She was pulled from up from a depth of four meters, from the fishing harbour in Jumeirah, where she was taking classes with an instructor.
Aarushi’s uncle, Prateek Singh, told Gulf news: “My sister and brother-in-law want to take Aarushi back home and that is the only thing we are all working towards right now.”
Aarushi was the only child of Paresh and Neeta Singh and, understandably, her family is devastated at the news of her death. She was working towards a chartered accountant degree in Mumbai, India and was visiting Dubai to spend time with her uncle and cousins.
When Aarushi expressed her desire to try scuba diving for the first time, her parents did not disapprove. Her uncle said, “When my brother-in-law had come a few years ago we had spent a beautiful day scuba diving in Fujairah which has clear waters. No one had the time to drive to Fujairah so we decided to do the sport here. There were three others in the group. Aarushi asked her father to get drinking water from Sunset Mall as she said she would need water as soon as she came out.”
According to reports, Aarushi had asked her father to get her drinking water from a nearby mall because she would need it. He said: “It happened so quickly that by the time her father returned he saw an ambulance on the beach and his daughter being resuscitated on the spot. She never regained consciousness. A doctor who accompanied the ambulance certified her dead on the spot."
The family was unable to make a statement, because they are still reeling from the news. Aarushi’s mother flew to Dubai on a 96-hour visa and is still in shock. “We are desperate to get back her body so that my sister and her husband can take her home. That is all we ask for,” said Singh.
One of her family members who was at the scene, questioned the lessons being conducted. He asked why the instructors continued working in a particular spot where the water was “murky and the visibility so poor.” He added: “How can an institute send one instructor with four amateurs? Despite the water being just three to four metres deep, this incident happened because it might have taken a while to locate a drowning person with such poor visibility,” he said.