Po­lice save cat from drown­ing

A po­lice­man near Palm Deira first heard a cat me­ow­ing in the sea

Gulf News - - Nation -

Acat that al­most drowned in the sea near Palm Deira was res­cued by a Dubai Po­lice team re­cently.

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Ali Ab­dul­lah Al Naqbi, di­rec­tor of the Sea Res­cue De­part­ment in Dubai Po­lice, told Gulf News that a po­lice­man was walk­ing near the Hy­att Regency ho­tel near Palm Deira when he heard a cat’s cries in the wa­ter. A closer look re­vealed a cat fighting for her life in the sea.

“She was des­per­ately try­ing to climb the edge of the break­wa­ter to save her­self. She was so close to drown­ing and cry­ing for help,” Lt-Col Al Naqbi said.

The po­lice­man called the com­mand room to alert his col­leagues and a team rushed to the area to res­cue the cat.

“A swim­mer jumped into the wa­ter and tried to put the cat in a bas­ket but he couldn’t and so he held the cat in one arm and swam with one arm to safety.”

Po­lice cov­ered the soaked and ter­ri­fied cat with a blan­ket till she warmed up and then re­leased her. A video ob­tained by Gulf News shows the res­cue op­er­a­tion.

“Dubai Po­lice come to the aid of any­body who needs to be res­cued — it doesn’t mat­ter if it is a hu­man be­ing or an an­i­mal. The cat needed help and we re­sponded in the short­est time pos­si­ble to save her life,” Lt-Col Al Naqbi said.

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