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Hussain Khansaheb, Director of RTA Marine Agency

RTA carries out mock drill for protecting marine transport riders

: Thursday, August 07 - 2014 @ 14:13

The Marine Transport Department, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has carried out a mock drill visualizing the fall &rescue of a rider off a marine transport means in Dubai Creek in an operation was named Sail Positively, in coordination with the General HQ of the Dubai Police.

Hussain Khansaheb, Director of RTA Marine Agency, said: “The process offered a training exposure by specialists to staffs operating all marine transit modes about the proper protocols of coping with emergency cases in the field of marine transport, thus contributing to bolstering their skills in realizing the safety and security concepts enshrined in the vision of the RTA of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All.”

“The training & rescue plan included a string of basic steps namely: delivering a comprehensive briefing to operators about the implementation of the plan in cooperation with the entities participating in the drill, explaining the practical steps of the drill starting from the movement of the Water Taxi and monitoring it during its normal navigation of lifting passengers in Dubai Creek, carrying out a mock drill for the fall of a rider & how the Water Taxi operators carry out procedures for protecting the victim from drowning, how staffs instantly contact the personnel in charge at the Dubai Creek via VHF systems to communicate incident and seek assistance of the concerned parties such as Dubai Police, and cautioning other marine transport means against approaching the site of the accident to avoid disrupting the rescue operation efforts,” explained Khansaheb.

“The drill was successfully accomplished and lived up to the expectations and objectives set in terms of honing the skills of the staffs in dealing with these emergency situations without fear or confusion. The process offered an opportunity to explain and respond to any pending queries or gaps in the experience of operators. It is worth-mentioning that the entire process depicting the falling, rescuing and lifting of the rider to the marina of the Navigation Control of the Dubai Creek, took about 20 minutes.

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Thursday, August 7- 2014 @ 14:13 UAE local time (GMT+4) Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Mediaquest FZ LLC.

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