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Dubai safety inspector rescued after falling into foam tank

A Dubai safety inspector checking a fire extinguisher foam tank accidentally fell into it Thursday, prompting a medical emergency evacuation at a dock near the Dubai Creek pier.
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A Dubai safety inspector checking a fire extinguisher foam tank accidentally fell into it Thursday, prompting a medical emergency evacuation at a dock near the Dubai Creek pier.

Dubai Police confirmed that they were called to the dock to rescue a government inspector.

Because of the difficult nature of the rescue operation (the fire extinguisher was 11 meters deep containing water up to 4 meters when the inspector fell through a small opening at the top), the Dubai Maritime rescue division was called in.

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Lieutenant Colonel Ali Al Qassaybi Al-Naqbi, head of the Marine Rescue Division, and Major Yaakoub Ishaq, supervised the rescue operation and conducted a brief meeting to figure out a safe rescue plan to remove the inspector.

The trapped officer was supplied with oxygen through a respirator as the rescue team entered the tank with 'pure air balloons' - and a large crane was used to remove the inspector and transfer him to the ambulance.

He was provided with the necessary medical treatment before being transferred to hospital for further evaluation.

The inspector is in a stable condition, according to officials.

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