By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS
Published: Mar 15, 2010 00:32 Updated: Mar 15, 2010 00:36
RIYADH: A Sri Lankan man who used to rent out jet skis in Jeddah died in hospital following an accident while riding a jet ski in the Obhur creek.
Sinne Lebbe Yusuf Lebbe, 36, popularly known as Zainul Abideen, died after falling from the machine which he had just repaired and was trying out.
Confirming the death, Sri Lankan Consul General Sabarullah Khan told Arab News that officials from the Saudi Red Crescent Society rescued the 36-year-old from the water and took him to a nearby hospital.
“He later succumbed to injuries to his stomach which were caused by the machine ... Doctors battled for 48 hours to save him,” said the consul general, thanking the hospital. He said police have ruled out foul play.
Lebbe, a bachelor, had been in the Kingdom for 13 years. He had not been maintaining regular contact with relatives in Nintavur in the Ampara district, some 300 km from Colombo.
Khan said Lebbe has three brothers, one of whom in the Eastern Province.
The consulate has contacted his relatives in Sri Lanka and obtained consent to bury him in Jeddah, Khan said.