Sunken wooden ship fished out of RAK Creek
The five-tonne wooden ship pulled out of the Ras Al Khaimah Creek being taken to the landfill. -Supplied photo
Ras Al Khaimah - A specialised company has successfully fished out the ship as part of the week-long campaign aimed to clean the eight creeks of the emirate, according to a top official.
Justifying myths about "many big ships'" lying at the bottom of creeks, a 5-tonne wooden ship was pulled out from the RAK Creek recently.
A specialised company has successfully fished out the ship as part of the week-long campaign aimed to clean the eight creeks of the emirate, according to a top official.
The Department of Public Works and Services removed the sunken ship from the RAK Creek in collaboration with the RAK Police and Ambulance and Rescue Section.
Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director-General of the RAK Department of Public Works and Services, said it took them over four hours to recover the drowned wooden ship that was covered with fibre glass. "We started work at 9.30am and finished at 2pm."
About 150 divers have been specified for lifting drowned ships and boats as well as collecting drowned tyres, fish breeding nets and cages, along with other wastes, he added.
"The department has managed to identify the owner of the drowned big ship, which proved to have been used for fishing and got drowned more than a year ago," he said, adding that the ship owner was present during the lifting operation.
Ahmed Hamad Al Shehi, Manager of Public Services with the department, said: "Up to 150 divers and four specialised companies are participating in the seven-day campaign, the biggest in the country, under the theme 'Marine environment, our responsibility.
"The four companies were to remove bigger wastes from the eight creeks which include about 28 drowned boats, tens of fishing nets and fish breeding containers, and torn tyres mainly at the Khor Al Qarm," he added.
The collected waste will be dumped at the landfill of the department of public works and services.