Safety steps at Sharjah beaches sought

SHARJAH — The emirate’s residents have complained to the authorities about the lack of safety measures on Sharjah beaches.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sat 31 Mar 2007, 9:22 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:18 AM

Two teenaged brothers drowned off Sharjah’s Hira beach recently. Residents feel such measures as deploying an adequate number of lifeguards and putting up barriers and warning boards should be taken to avoid such tragic incidents.

Director of the Hira Police Station Lt Colonel Sultan Abdullah Al Khayal said police had repeatedly warned beach-goers against swimming in areas where there are strong currents.

“In coordination with other authorities concerned, we have placed warning boards, but to no vail as people continue to swim in dangerous areas.”

He added that the police would be establishing lifeguard towers in the Hira area and would provide rescue teams.

A source in the Sharjah Police said, “Last year, 16 people drowned in the emirate. Most of these incidents occur because people disregard warnings.”

Dr Mustafa Al Fumi, a doctor at the Dubai Hospital, said warning signs would be useless and urged the authorities to expedite fencing work.

Abdul Monein Saeed, an engineer working in Dubal, felt watch towers should be built on beaches and there should be 24-hour surveillance.

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