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RAK Police recover sunken 4WD from Al Muairidh Sea, driver shifted to hospital

RAK Police recover sunken 4WD from Al Muairidh Sea, driver shifted to hospital

Head of the ambulance and marine rescue department at RAK Police, on Thursday said the car had trespassed the sea barrier and drifted into the water.



By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Fri 26 Jun 2015, 2:01 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

Ras Al Khaimah – Rescue teams of RAK police managed to recover a sunken SUV car of an Arab resident from the Al Muairidh Sea in Ras Al Khaimah late on Wednesday.

Lt-Col Majid bin Salem Al Qassimi, head of the ambulance and marine rescue department at RAK Police, on Thursday said the car had trespassed the sea barrier and drifted into the water.

“The driver, identified only as of A.A.A., was lucky as one of the Asian residents there rushed to the victim, who was seriously injured, for help.”

He managed to pull out the young man from his car in time, but he was in a bad condition, he added.

The Central Operations Room of the RAK Police dispatched an ambulance, paramedics and a rescue team to the site after being alerted of the emergency .

“The injured driver was given first aid, and then shifted to the Saqr hospital for treatment and medical care.”

“The rescue team then recovered the sunken 4WD from the bottom of the sea,” Lt-Col Qassimi said, urging drivers to never trespass the barriers installed at the coastline for their safety.

'The public should also be cautious enough when parking close to the sea edge, mainly at the drifts of the sea,' he warned. “Drivers are strongly advised to turn off their cars at the beach.”   

Official statistics show that the ambulance and rescue department of the RAK Police has conducted some 600-hour rescue operations in the second quarter of this year. These included 15 major rescue missions across the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

“We have saved the lives of many people who were drowning. We also recovered several vehicles from the RAK creeks, and floated some drowned fishing motor boats,” Lt-Col Qassimi told Khaleej Times.

The department has adopted a special program to follow up on all the beaches of the emirate round the clock to prevent any drownings, particularly as more people are flocking to the sea to cool down due to the sweltering summer temperatures, he said.

“Most of the patrols are deployed on the popular beaches of Al Muairidh area and behind the Islamic Institute to ensure the safety of beach goers and prevent them from drowning, heat exhaustion, and sun stroke.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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