Indian worker dies while saving colleagues in UAE

A 40-year-old Indian national died in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, while trying to save his co-workers who were trapped in an underground water storage tank at a construction site.

Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 15:36 PM IST

Dubai: A 40-year-old Indian national died
in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, while trying to save his
co-workers who were trapped in an underground water storage
tank at a construction site.

Padmanabhan Palliyath Panayamthattam was knocked
unconscious when he fell down while trying to pull out two men
from the water tank on December 13 and died in hospital soon
after, the Emirates 24/7 reported today.

He had been working with the Asqalan Construction and
Development Est for the last 14 years and was a labour
supervisor at the site when the incident happened on December
13, the report said.

Latheesh Nair, a relative, said the deceased`s wife
Roopa, who is in India, was informed of the incident only
yesterday and has since been admitted to hospital.

The couple has two children, a four-year-old boy
Vyshnav and a baby boy Partheev.

His family is trying to repatriate the body while the
police awaits the forensic report to give clearance, it said.

"It is almost a week since the incident took place but
the body is still in the mortuary at the hospital. The police
say they are waiting for the forensic report from the doctor.
We are hoping to send the body to India in a day or two," Nair
said, adding the death was caused by inhaling carbon monoxide.

PTI