Fewer drowning cases in capital

ABU DHABI — Efforts made by Abu Dhabi Marine Police have helped bring down the number of drowning incidents in the Emirate.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 25 Jul 2006, 11:23 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:18 PM

According to Captain Khalid Saeed Al Shamsi, Head of the Marine Police, 15 accidents took place during the first half of the current year claiming the lives of seven people, while the rescue boats managed to save eight others. During the same period last year, 17 incidents were reported, in which nine people drowned.

Capt. Al Shamsi noted that the marine accidents have recorded a remarkable drop from 88 to 66 this year. The marine police teams recovered 16 bodies. Action was taken against 18 people who were found violating marine rules and laws. One person was booked for diving in unauthorised and prohibited areas.

The rescue teams also dealt with four fire accidents and one collision incident along with other cases, Capt. Al Shamsi added. Capt. Al Shamsi called on families and beach-goers to take extra care of their kids so that they can protect them from drowning, while pointing out that such accidents increase in summer season due to the overwhelming interest in swimming and picnicking at Abu Dhabi beaches.

He also advised parents to warn their children not to approach the remote seashores and go on marine excursions in remote islands as sudden weather changes and high tide could spell danger.

In addition, Capt. Al Shamsi advised the seafaring amateurs to ensure that their boats comply with all mandatory safety requirements and they put on lifejackets in addition to informing the coastguard about the destinations and timings of their journeys. He said the marine police receives SOS messages and reports on the toll free 999.

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