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23 July 2024

Rescued: 5 drowning off Dubai beach

Five swimmers were rescued by Dubai Police off Umm Suqeim beach on Monday. (Supplied)

By Mohammad El Sadafy

Dubai Police on Tuesday saved five Asian friends from drowning off the emirate’s Umm Suqeim beach.

Major Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, head of Maritime Rescue Department of Dubai Police, said the five friends were swimming off the beach at 3pm when strong waves pushed one of them deeper into the sea, making it difficult for him to return to shore.

His four friends then tried to rescue him but were themselves pushed by waves farther into the sea.

Some people on the beach then contacted the police. The port police station and fishermen in Jumeirah quickly rushed to the scene to rescue the drowning swimmers. 

All the five swimmers were saved in less than six minutes. Four of them, who had minor injuries, were treated on the beach. The fifth one, who was moderately hurt, was taken to Rashid Hospital.

Dubai Police has urged beachgoers to be cautious while swimming and avoid ocean currents and high waves and to stop swimming when they spot the red flag.