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Dubai school principal saved from drowning

By Staff

Quick response and readiness to respond are the two guiding principles of the rescue team of Dubai Police, according to Major Ali Major Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, head of Maritime Rescue Department.

Major Al Naqbi said the adoption of these two principles have helped saved many lives, according to a report in the Arabic daily newspaper Al Bayan.  Dubai Police knows very well that every moment or second counts in saving a life.

As an example, Al Naqbi spoke about the incident on Jumeirah beach in which the life of a 50-year-old school principal was saved.

The school principal and his family and friends had gone to the beach to swim and enjoy the weather. While he was swimming, the tide drew him deeper into the sea and he was too exhausted to swim back to shore. He cried for help but no one could do anything.

Following a tip off, Dubai Police’s rescue team took him out of the sea though he had stopped breathing. His friends and relatives thought he had died but the rescue team’s rapid response saved him.

Al Naqbi said the principal’s friends were weeping after seeing him motionless on the beach and no one thought he would come back to life.

But members of the rescue team did not give up and used modern technology to save his life. They used a taser, a small electric detonator device which Dubai Police  had provided for its water patrols recently. This device was used to revive the victim’s heart beats.

Al Naqbi added that the rescue team repeated their  action several times until pulse and normal breathing returned to the drowning victim.
The victim was taken to Rashid Hospital for further medical treatment.

Tasers are usually available only in ambulances and hospitals but Dubai Police has provided its rescue team with the latest technology in this field.

He pointed out that Dubai Police aims to respond within six minutes of receiving information about drowning cases. The drowning person’s brain cells will not die within six minutes so that he can be saved if rescued within that time.

Major Al Naqbi  called on beach goers to be cautious while swimming, particularly during high tide. They should respond to the ‘red flag’ signal and stop swimming as soon as they see it.