Drownings, marine accidents spur police to increase beach patrols

Marine incidents doubled last year, while drownings on Dubai's shores fell from 15 in 2010 to 13 last year.

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DUBAI // Police are to increase the number of patrols on the emirate's beaches to reduce drownings and other accidents.

While the number of drownings on Dubai's shores fell from 15 in 2010 to 13 last year, marine incidents doubled to 34 last year, up from 17 in 2010.

Major General Khamis Al Mazeina, the deputy head of Dubai Police, ordered a greater number of patrols during a routine inspection of the Ports Police Station yesterday.

"Patrols should be increased and a deployment mechanism needs to be in place to reduce drowning and marine incidents," he said.

The station is responsible for all the areas around the Dubai coastline, including its beaches.

Maj Gen Al Mazeina also urged the public to follow safety guidance and to contact the operation room or the Ports Police Station immediately in the case of an emergency. He said anyone reporting an incident had to be as clear as possible in describing the location to help police send help as quickly as possible.

The number of patrols to be added was not specified.

The police launched 17 campaigns about beach safety last year - and confiscated 103 jet skis.

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