After six days of searching, the bodies of two Omani brothers who went missing at sea off the coast of Mussanah were found this week.
On February 11, Qusai, 16 and his 12-year-old brother, Luay, set off for a fishing trip in a small boat, which was later found off the coast of the adjoining Wilayat of Barka with no trace of the boys on board.
More than 30 divers from the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) as well as six volunteers from the Sohar Diving Club lent their efforts to the search, which also used helicopters and boats, eventually recovering the bodies on Tuesday (Feb 15) at Al Sawadi Beach.
As the search continued, the chances of the boys being taken out to deep sea seemed to increase, although the search would’ve been passed over to the Royal Navy or Royal Oman Police Coast Guard if this was the case, as they are responsible for operations in these areas.
On the day of the discovery, the PACDA took to its official Twitter account asking social media users to refrain from spreading rumours about the missing pair and only share news and developments taken from official sources.
The announcement of the find comes just a week after the body of Omani sailor Mohammed al Alawi was laid to rest in Amerat. Mohammed went missing in the waters around Croatia and was not recovered for three months.
With bad weather expected to hit Oman over the next couple of days, both PACDA and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation have advised the public to avoid crossing wadis in the rain and be mindful of weather conditions before taking to the sea.
“PACDA rescue teams are on standby for any distress calls from citizens and residents and we are working in coordination with weather forecast authorities,” an official from PACDA told a local newspaper this week.