Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021
A year and a half after a Canadian tourist on a visit to Oman was saved from drowning by a stranger in Wadi Shab near Quriyat, she was finally able to track down and meet her rescuer.

Canadian tourist reunites with stranger who saved her from drowning in Wadi Shab

In February 2017, Suha A was travelling with her husband in Oman when they decided to go to Wadi Shab, a web site renowned for emerald pools and plunging cascades. After a brief boat ride and an hour’s hike, Suha and her husband swam into a cave by means of a tiny crack in the rock face to see the site’s most spectacular waterfall, a location she described as ‘gorgeous’, reported the Canadian channel CTV News.

Suha told the Canadian news channel that she felt exhausted as quickly as she entered the cave. The present, she later discovered, had intensified simply because of current rainfall.

She added that a tiny group of guests to the wadi was exiting at the identical time, but a single lady decided to linger a small longer in the vicinity.

“I tried to rest by finding some kind of ledge or something on the wall, but it was extremely smooth and slimy at the same time,” Suha mentioned. “I just told my husband, ‘I can’t, I can’t.’” Struggling against the quick-moving water, Suha attempted in vain to attain a rope placed close to the waterfall. “At that point, I just started drowning,” she mentioned. “The water was too strong. I panicked.”

Suha mentioned she was prepared to give up. Her husband, meanwhile, was fighting against the tumultuous water as well. Watching her falter, he shouted for assist.

That’s when the stranger leapt into action. “She swam over to me like a bullet,” Suha mentioned. “I started swallowing water instead of breathing and then she pulled me out, and the next thing I remember is I was on my back, floating… . She swam me out of the tiny little crack.”

Clinging to a rope outdoors the cave, she known as following her departing rescuer. “As she was swimming away to the land, I just said, ‘What’s your name?’ and she said, ‘Patrizia,’” Suha recalled. “And I said, ‘Where are you from?’ and she said, ‘Switzerland,’ and then that was the last I saw of her.”

The shock of the incident nonetheless lingers to this day, Suha mentioned, and she by no means stopped considering about the lady who saved her life.

“If it weren’t for her, honestly, we would have died for sure. Because there was no one else and it’s literally in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception, there’s nothing.”

A year and a half later, as Suha’s husband was about to head to Munich, Germany, for a conference, Suha decided that she ultimately wanted to track down her saviour. “Switzerland is right next to Germany. So I told myself I’m just going to go for it,” Suha mentioned.

After sharing her story on the internet on Facebook and Reddit two weeks ago, Suha reached out to 3 Swiss news outlets. Soon following, a pal of Patrizia’s study a single of these stories and helped connect the two females.

On August 24, Suha ultimately met Patrizia in Zurich, Switzerland. She learnt that Patrizia has seldom

spoken about that fateful day. She also found that Patrizia discovered her life-saving expertise as a member of a swim club.

“I’ve already invited her back to Canada,” Suha mentioned. “I gave her maple syrup and another gift, just as a token from Canada. We hit it off immediately.”

In yet another stroke of fate, each females, aged 33, learnt that they share the identical birthday.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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