Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a man jumps off a cliff by the sea, unaware that there was a tourist boat below, which he then hit instead of the water.
The young Syrian man apparently failed to hear onlookers’ warning shouts that there was a boat below.
He tragically lost his life as a result of the mistake, after jumping off the famed Raouche Rocks in the neighbourhood in the same name in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday 6th June.
Footage recorded from below shows how Fahd Ibrahim Jamil Al-Lakma fails to hear the shouts of onlookers warning him of a tourist boat that had just emerged from a tunnel under the cliff.
Audible gasps are heard as the man, who hailed from the city of Hajin in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, collides with the boat with an audible thud.
He fell from a height of 36 metres (118 ft) and hit his head on the boat, killing him instantly and also injuring the boat driver.
Agents from the Lebanese Civil Defence pulled the young man’s body out of the water and took him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The boat driver was taken to another hospital, where he received treatment for his unspecified injuries.
Diving off the Raouche Rocks into the sea below is a popular activity amongst young men in the Lebanese capital.
It is unclear how long the victim had been in Lebanon, but his hometown in Syria came under the occupation of the Islamic State group in 2014.
Hajin even became the de facto capital of the ‘caliphate’ in November 2017, following the loss of the terrorist group’s other strongholds at the hands of rival forces.
The city was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in December 2018.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon has 865,530 registered Syrian refugees and 1.5 million Syrians in total.