In the north, the Zaidi Shia Houthi rebellion, which has been a chronic problem for a decade, has resumed again.
Attempt after attempt was made to get this within Zaidi's reach, but the whirling waters flung it about like a whip-lash.
To the upper part Zaidi clung, seated on the rock, his feet in the water.
A third cable was thrown from the boat toward Zaidi, but he failed to catch it till the sixth throw.
No more strange and perilous position than that of Zaidi can be imagined.
But Zaidi below, by hanging on to the rope, pulled the boat against the rock where it lay wedged.