Ras Al Khaimah runs 600-hour rescue operations

Special programme to keep vigil of all the beaches of the emirate round-the-clock to prevent any drowning



By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015, 12:25 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

RAK Police keep vigil of all beaches round-the-clock to prevent drowning accidents. — Supplied photo

Ras Al Khaimah - The RAK Police have conducted rescue operations for some 600 hours during the second quarter of the year. The ambulance and rescue section under the central operations department was involved in 15 major rescue missions across the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, according to a top officer here.

Lt-Col Majid bin Salem Al Qassimi, head of the ambulance and rescue section at the RAK Police, said they have undertaken a variety of operations from April to June so far.  “We have saved the lives of many people.

“We also drew up several vehicles and capsised fishing boats from the RAK creeks.”

The section has adopted a special programme to keep vigil of all the beaches of the emirate round-the-clock to prevent any drowning, particularly as more people are flocking to the sea,” he added. “Most of the patrols are deployed on the popular beaches of Al Muairidh area and behind the Islamic Institute to ensure safety of beach-goers, and to protect them from drowning, heat exhaustion and sun stroke.”

Lt-Col Al Qassimi said three major marine patrols have been deployed in the morning, afternoon and evening. “These are meant to swiftly respond to any emergency call at any time.”

The rescue and ambulance section has also run several campaigns to develop public awareness about safety procedures while swimming and the necessary rescue aids that need to be available, he stated.

 ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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