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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 13 November 2018

Police rescue man from drowning in Ajman

Civil Defence advise the public not to swim after sunset

A man was rescued from drowning off the coast of Ajman on Sunday evening.

Civil Defence said the Asian man, 24, was swimming at a public beach when he was overcome by waves.

Civil Defences' marine force was dispatched to rescue him and give him first aid on site.

Capt Saeed Al Shaali, an officer at Al Rumaila Civil Defence Centre, said the man was deemed in "good condition" immediately afterwards.

He urged people not to swim at night because rescue operations are more difficult with limited light, to avoid swimming in deep places and be careful while swimming in high tide.

Two drownings were reported in the country last month.

A boy, 9, drowned off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah while out with his family, while another drowned in a Sharjah swimming pool after sneaking out of the family flat.

Since then, Ras Al Khaimah has ramped up efforts to increase water safety by hosting an awareness campaign.

More than 500 adults and children attended the two-day event which took place at a number of popular beaches in the emirate last week.

Families were given a series of lectures on emergency first aid as well as tips and advice on how to stay safe in the water.

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