Worker drowning cases increase in Dubai over 2010

Big jump in drowning and near death statistics for labourers

Dubai police urge labourers to use beaches safe for swimming. Photo: Getty, for illustration only.
Dubai police urge labourers to use beaches safe for swimming. Photo: Getty, for illustration only.

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Dubai police have warned labourers against the dangers of swimming at unsafe beaches after an increase in drownings throughout 2010.

Seven people drowned off the coast of Dubai in 2010 and there were 46 cases of near drowning, compared with four deaths and 29 near drowning in 2009.

Major Ahmed bu Ruqweba, acting head of the Dubai Rescue Police, told The National that, “there has been an increase in the number of drowning case among labourers, especially illiterate ones, as many of them are swimming in undesignated areas and cannot read the safety warning signs.”

Ruqweba also said many companies had organised beach trips for their staff to areas not designated for swimming.

“Companies need to be responsible and not organises such trips, or send someone with the workers who can advise them about the appropriate swimming areas and read safety guidance boards.”

Dubai police will produce a booklet detailing safe swimming practices later this year.
 

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