In one of the biggest blow to the adventure sports industry in Goa, the state government has suspended all the water sports activities in the state following the accidental death of Bengal tourist in the on Tuesday. In a paragliding accident a Shashishekhar Prasad, 49 died after he fell into the water from the parachute. The dreadful accident took place at the Colva beach on Tuesday evening. It was caused due to the total neglect on the part of the adventure sports operator. Here is the report.
[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] The deceased was from Kharangpur, Mindnapur district, West Bengal . As informed by the sources, Prasad had come down to Goa with his wife and colleagues for a business convention being held at a resort in Utorda.
On Tuesday Prasad visited Colva beach along with his group of friends and booked a paragliding joy trip. As Prasad had a hefty body, paragliding jacket did not fit him. But as narrated by the sources, paragliding operator managed to secure him to the parachute. When the chute was coming downwards after the ride, the hook of the jacket that Prasad was wearing came off and he fell into the sea water. The incident took place at around 5 pm.
Lifeguards rushed to help and Prasad was brought to the shore. He was unconscious and was also given an artificial respiration before shifting to the hospital. He was pronounced brought dead by the Hospicio doctors.
The decision was taken by the government in the wake of this death. A case of negligence has been booked against the water sports operators.
The Captain of Ports (CoP) James Braganza said the order was issued consequent to the Colva incident as a precautionary measure. He added the situation will be reviewed on Thursday when it will be decided whether water sports activities will be allowed to continue till May 31.
Colva police have registered a case under section 304 A (death due to negligence) against brothers Agnel Fernandes and James Fernandes, the owners of the speed boat, the boat operator Bhanu Singh Chauhan, and parsail operator Vijay K.
As told by PI Gurudas Kadam to the Times of India, “The Sea was rough and weather conditions were unsuitable for such water sports, and therefore they shouldn’t have operated the parasail. This amounts to negligence on their part in taking safety precautions.”
As informed by the Police post mortem report on Wednesday suggests that the death occurred due to drowning. The body was handed over to the relatives after conducting the necessary formalities.
As said by some parasail operators that Prasad landed “safely” after an “emergency landing” in the water. “The speed boat operator realized that the parachute was not ascending to the desired height, probably owing to bad weather conditions, and therefore decided to have an emergency landing. The chute landed in the water close to the shore, but he (Prasad) failed to wade through the waist-deep water as just then a large wave carried him further into the sea.”