By Laura Kemp • 10 June 2021 • 15:36
Police in Dubai have rescued a Spanish family after their yacht broke down at sea near a rock breaker off Jumeirah coast.
POLICE in Dubai have rescued a Spanish family after their yacht broke down at sea near a rock breaker off Jumeirah coast. The yacht is said to have broken down due to a technical issue, however, the police’s maritime rescue patrols in Dubai quickly responded to stop them from colliding into a rock breaker in strong currents and high winds.
The Director of Ports Police Station, Colonel Dr Hassan Suhail Al Suwaidi, said the Command-and-Control Centre received the family’s distress call when their yacht broke down. “The Station, which has across nine marine points across in Dubai, immediately responded to the call and handled the situation with extreme finesse and professionalism,” he confirmed.
He said that the quick response of Dubai Police rescue teams contributed to saving the lives of the family as high wind and strong currents would have caused the vessel to crash into the rock breaker. Six family members were aboard the yacht, including children, Gulf News reports.
Lieutenant Colonel Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, Head of the Maritime Rescue Department at the Ports Police Station, said their main priority was to rescue the family quickly “Our teams helped the family transfer to a rescue boat and provided them with life jackets before they were transferred to safety ashore.
“We then towed the broken-down yacht out of the sea into the port.”
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