ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, March 7th 2016 [ME NewsWire]
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, supervised the efforts to extinguish the huge blaze that broke out at dawn in boats at the Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club breakwater in Abu Dhabi today (Monday). No injuries were reported in the incident.
HH Sheikh Saif followed up on the details of the firefighting operations, which managed to contain the blaze that broke out in eight boats and prevented the flames from spreading to other yachts. HH Sheikh Saif confirmed everyone's safety and made sure that the fire was put out with no casualties recorded.
Major General Jassem Muhammad Al Marzouqui, Civil Defense General Commander-in-chief at the Ministry of Interior, stressed that the civil defense crews dealt immediately with the fire to prevent the flames from spreading any further. This prevented casualties and ensured minimal loss.
Additionally, Major General Al Marzouqui urged the owners of yachts moored at the banks of the ports to comply with the terms and standards of public safety, and benefit from the advice and guidance provided by the civil defense. “This will prevent all forms of accidents and maintain the public safety that the Ministry of Interior is striving to promote within both individuals and institutions,” he said.
For his part, Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abdul Jalil Abdullah Ahmed Al Ansari, Director General of Civil Defense in Abu Dhabi, pointed out that the civil defense headquarters was alerted of the fire at dawn today, (Monday). “Nine Civil Defense teams were immediately dispatched to the location of the fire. They managed to extinguish the blaze that broke out in eight boats and prevented the flames from spreading to other yachts,” he noted. Moreover, he emphasized that the rapid response by the civil defense teams and other police entities resulted in saving 211 boats and 23 jet skis that were secured in a safe place away from the flames. Lt. Colonel Al Ansari also said that the investigation is still underway to determine the circumstances and cause of the accident.
On the same note, Lt. Colonel Al Ansari said, “According to preliminary inspections, the fire broke out in two boats at the Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club breakwater in Abu Dhabi and then spread to six other boats. The boats on fire were removed from the scene, away from other boats, to deal with them separately.” Lt. Colonel Al Ansari indicated that nine firefighting units from civil defense fire stations in “Al Bateen,” “Khalifa,” “Al Qubaisat,” “Al Mina,” “Al Shamkha,” “Al Shahama,” “Baniyas East,” “Al Mussafah 33” and “Al Mussafah 14” took part in the firefighting operation, supported by a backup team from the Rapid Intervention Center in Al Falah, a firefighting boat belonging to the coast guard, and ambulances.
The Security Support teams took preventive measures upon their arrival to the scene, where they secured the site, cleared out vehicles, closed surrounding roads, and kept the public away to maintain public safety and support the work of firefighters and supply lines.
The Air Support Department took part in the operation, using wireless drones to broadcast live footage in support of the on-site mission supervisor. The traffic patrols organized traffic movement in the surrounding area, while the Security Media Department’s patrols helped to keep track of the logistics situation on the ground.
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