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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Police rescue two cars trapped by floodwater in Hatta

Dubai police urge drivers to stay away from flooded valleys and rainwater pools and to not camp near floodplains or lowland areas during the volatile weather

The Dubai Police rescue team managed to extract two cars that were trapped in valleys in Hatta. Dubai Police
The Dubai Police rescue team managed to extract two cars that were trapped in valleys in Hatta. Dubai Police

The Dubai Police rescue team have extracted a car that was trapped in a valley flooded with rainwater and another vehicle that fell in a hole in Hatta.

Lt Col Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, head of the maritime rescue department at Dubai Police, said their command and control centre received a report on Monday night that a car had fallen into a valley in Hatta’s mountainous area.

“The Dubai Police’s land and maritime rescue teams rushed immediately to the scene where they found the driver trapped in his vehicle in a muddy area in the valley,” Lt Col Al Naqbi said.

He said rescue teams used a forklift truck to get the car out of the valley and its driver thanked the rescue teams for their quick response to his call for help.

In another incident, Lt Col Al Naqbi said a police patrol was touring a mountainous area in Hatta where they saw a man calling for help as his car fell into a pit that was half flooded, with nobody able to help him.

“The rescue team had to use a crane to extract the vehicle,” Lt Col Al Naqbi said.

He urged drivers to stay away from flooded valleys and rainwater pools and to not camp near floodplains or lowland areas during the volatile weather.

Lt Col underscored the importance of not driving recklessly near dams or flooded areas.

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