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Dubai Police ‘Sail Safely’ responds to 65 SOS Calls


DUBAI: Since it was launched two years ago, the Dubai Police ‘Sail Safely’ service has successful­ly facilitate­d the rapid emergency response to 65 distress calls and helped warn thousands of registered users about sea conditions and hazards.

According to Colonel Dr Hassan Suhail AlSuwaidi, Director of the Ports Police Station, the number of owners and captains of marine crats registered in the ‘Sail Safely’ service has reached 3,715 users on both IOS and Android operating smartphone­s.

Al-suwaidi reaffirmed Dubai Police’s keenness on developing all provided services in all sectors, including the marine sector, by utilizing the latest technologi­es and artificial intelligen­ce systems to achieve the strategic objectives of Dubai Police of ensuring community happiness, enabling a safe city, and innovating in resource management.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, Head of the Maritime Rescue Department at the Ports Police Station, confirmed that they have readied all marine rescue and security boats across eight maritime rescue points: Al Hamriya, Deira Port –Hyat Regency, Dubai Creek –Al Maktoum Bridge, the Floating Bridge,

Fishing Harbour 1- Jumeirah 1, Fishing Harbour 2 - Jumeirah 4, Fishing Harbour 3 –Umm Suqeim, and Dubai Eye.

Al Naqbi explained that ‘Sail Safely’ service can track a cruise’s journey; warn users about any delays during the trip; identify hazards; send distress requests directly to the Dubai Police; facilitate rapid emergency response; determine the location of those in distress as well as the type and degree of distress severity. “The service also provides users with free and easy access interactiv­e marine maps,” “It also allows users to determine the emergency: drowning, collision, shortage of fuel, or boat malfunctio­n,” he added.

Al Naqbi said ‘Sail Safely’ ensures the jurisdicti­on area of the Ports Police Station is completely covered. He added that 99 per cent of the received emergency calls were within the scope of ‘Sail Safely’ coverage and that it covers an area of seven nautical miles in depth and 70 nautical miles along Dubai coasts.

He also urged owners of boats, ships and yachts to take advantage of the ‘Sail Safely’ service through the smart app of Dubai Police and to send their feedback and suggestion­s regarding the service directly through the app.

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