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Dubai Police help return sunken valuables to tourists

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The valuables included a wallet containing ID and credit cards, a vehicle key, and two phones

An Asian tourist had his valuables returned to him by the Dubai Police Maritime Rescue Department, after he lost them while kayaking in the Hatta Water Dam.

The valuables included a wallet containing ID and credit cards, a vehicle key, and two phones.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, Director of the Sea Rescue Department at Dubai Police, said that an Asian man had called 999 seeking help after his personal belongings had plunged into the deep end of Hatta Dam.

A marine rescue patrol was dispatched to the scene to determine the location where the objects had fallen. After a search plan was drawn up, a frogman team from the Maritime Rescue Department went underwater to search for the valuables, Lt-Col. Al Naqbi explained.

He pointed out that the great efforts and professionalism of the rescue and frogmen teams of Dubai Police led to the successful completion of the search operation, despite the blurry visibility underwater and the lack of sunshine due to cloudy weather.

“This successful operation was the second in two consecutive days, where the team was also able to extract the belongings of an Arab tourist woman who lost her wallet in the Hatta Water Dam,” Lt-Col. Al Naqbi added.

He called on the public to be extra careful with their personal belongings during activities, especially sports and marine activities that required physical movement or any other activity that may expose their belongings to loss or fall.

Both tourists were extremely happy and expressed their thanks to Dubai Police for the speedy action of returning their valuables.