Pharaon at the Geita grotto, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
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Nabil Haddad, general manager of the company that oversees the famed Jeita Grotto, was arrested amid allegations of neglect by a tour guide who was present during the weekend drowning of an Egyptian tourist at the site.The company oversees the Jeita Grotto and Haddad is being held for questioning.Security sources told The Daily Star that the cave was usually not open during December and January due to the strength of the current and the instability of the cave's terrain. Antoun also said that she had never been to the cave at this time of the year, as it was never open.Sources also revealed that the personnel in the cave were not trained to respond to cases of drowning, nor did they have the necessary equipment to prevent it. Pharaon said that he would be looking into implementing further safety procedures in the cave and that the lower cave, where the accident took place, would be closed pending the results of an investigation.
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