Dubai: Eleven Tourists Rescued From Sinking Yacht

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Eleven passengers and crew were rescued when a rented yacht sank off Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The vessel, worth about Dh5.5 million, rapidly took on water due to an apparent leak on board during the daytime trip.

Three crew and eight tourists were picked up by a police rescue boat as the yacht was sinking in shallow water a few metres off the coast.

The tourists, who were a mix of Russian, French and British nationals, were enjoying a day trip when the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon (January 3).

A Dubai Police official confirmed that there were no injuries and that everyone got off the yacht safely. The accident happened at 12.45pm on Thursday.

The vessel was in shallow water and only about 200 metres away from the beach. A rescue official confirmed no one was injured. Preliminary reports attributed the accident to a water leakage but the cause is not known.

Source Credit: Gulf News

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