Ras Al Khaimah: The Monitoring and Follow-up Branch of the Ports and Airports Police Department of Ras Al Khaimah Police launched an awareness campaign for visitors and beachgoers in the emirate and advised them to follow the safety instructions that are aimed at preventing incidents of drowning.
Major Arif Al Harnaki, Director of the Monitoring and Follow-up Branch in the Ports and Airports Police Department in Ras Al Khaimah, indicated that the launch of this campaign comes in light of the keenness of the Ras Al Khaimah Police General Command to raise the level of awareness among community members and beachgoers in light of the increase in the number of visitors to the emirate’s beaches with the onset of the summer season.
He added that the campaign included meeting visitors at some of the emirate’s beaches and educating and advising about the safety measures. Police team have urged beachgoers to monitor their children while at the beach or while swimming and to make sure that they wear life jackets and never swim beyond the designated areas that have been marked for safe-swimming.
Police teams also explained to the visitors the state of waves and currents that pose a danger to swimmers. RAK Police said beachgoers expressed their thanks and gratitude to RAK Police for organising such targeted educational and awareness campaigns.
Major Al Harnaki stated that this campaign will continue throughout the months of the current summer season, to include all the beaches of the emirate in order to reach the largest possible number of beachgoers and spread knowledge among them, stressing the importance of parents’ cooperation in the success of the campaign and to ensure that children are monitored at all times.
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Majority of drowning cases recorded this year were because beachgoers did not adhere to the safety instructions issued by the police.
“Signboards are placed on the beach, but some swimmers ignore them and endanger their lives by swimming in undesignated areas. Also, many swimmers ignore weather warnings and choose to swim on days of turbulent weather when there is high tide, making them more prone to drowning,” Police said.