By Staff writer
Dubai Police used a 4x4 buggy to locate the trapped passengers
Dubai Police rescued 20 people stuck on a bus in the Hatta Valley after the vehicle became stuck in the water following flash flooding in the mountainous area.
Police said one of the 20 on board the bus was ‘lightly injured’ following the incident, which saw rescue teams from General Command of Dubai Police and the General Administration of Civil Defence Dubai assist in bring the people to safety.
#أخبار | شرطة دبي تنقذ 20 شخصا علقت حافلتهم في مياه وادي حتا
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Colonel Mubarak Mubarak Al-Ketbi, director of the Hatta Police Station, said they received a call at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening alerting them to the incident that saw the bus become stuck in the water in the Al-Balagh area of Hatta Valley as a result of the rain. The bus driver got the people out of the bus and brought them to a nearby hill for shelter.
Colonel Al-Ketbi said the patrol vehicles were unable to enter due to the narrow path of the valley and its roughness. There were also large stones and rocks blocking the way, which forced the emergency services to find another way to rescue the 20 stranded passengers.
Using a 4x4 police buggy, the teams were able to access the valley and reach the top of the mountain. The injured person was brought down on the buggy while the other 19 walked behind, accompanied by members of Dubai Civil Defence.