Omar was a college football coach before the outbreak. During the off-season Omar was on a cruise vacation with his family when the outbreak hit hard. People on the cruise ship started to get infected with the virus and some were dying. Omar finally decided to take an emergency raft off of the boat with his family so they wouldn't get the virus. They were on the raft for three days before they hit high winds and rough waters. Eventually, one wave knocked the raft overboard and sent Omar and his family into the cold waters. Omar surfaced and got back on the raft only the find out the rest of his family was no-where to be found. For the next week Omar sat on the raft waiting to be rescued. One day he finally saw land in the distance. A place known as Chernarus.