Seven local fishermen hurt in RAK boat explosion

Seven Emiratis, aged between 18 and 28, were injured on Friday evening after the fishing boat they were on-board exploded.

Khalifa Al Muhairi, chairman of the RAK Fishermen Cooperative Society, said the incident occurred when the seven Emiratis were fishing just before the Maghreb prayer.

The boat was seven kilometres away from Shaam port in Ras Al Khaimah. Two of the men managed to swim to the shore and asked their friends to notify the coastguard.

Patrols were dispatched to the site and the injured were rescued and taken to Saqr Hospital for treatment.

Fishing boat incidents have become a worrying phenomenon, Al Muhairi noted, urging people willing to go to the sea to ensure boats are in good shape and there are no leaks.

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