Rescue of tourists in Goa’s coastline is on rise

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  • A total of  16 persons  were  rescued by lifeguards  between March 31 to April 6, 2015
  • Major rescue operation at Arambol beach – eight saved
  • Other rescues  between April 3-6 at  different locations

Lifeguards serving  on the  beaches  of  Goa  have rescued  around  eight  persons   at  different  locations  along the  coastline  between April 3-6, 2015 when   tourists thronged  to  the  sandy shores  of Goa  during   the  long  extended  weekend gone-by. Rescues were carried out   at Cavellosim, Anjuna, Bogmalo, Vagator and Ashwem beach. Most of the  rescue reports indicate  that   the tourists  wading in  the  waters, failed  to pay heed  to warnings  from lifeguards and ventured  either too far or  into  no-swimming  zones  where  they  got caught  in rip  currents.

In two of the  cases,  the  rescued  victims  needed  medical attention  and were  rushed  to  the  closest  hospital  and  primary health centre  and  were  discharged  after being administered  required treatment.In all the  cases the  lifeguards  manning the respective   lifeguard towers lost no time  in  rushing to  the  rescue  of those in distress and  brought out the  tourists safely back to  shore. In another  major  incident  reported  on March  31, 2015,  eight  tourists  were  rescued   at Arambol beach  where they were caught  in rip  currents.

The incident occurred at around 3.00 pm approximately 300-400 meters from Arambol tower. The group from Bangalore had waded into the waters to a distance of 25-30 meters seawards.  The lifeguard on duty had requested the tourists to shift to a safe zone, but they did not pay attention to the warnings and continued swimming at the same location.

After a while the eight of them ventured further seawards and were caught in a rip current which dragged them 40-50 meters seawards.  The victims were unable to swim back to shore and gestured for help.   Lifeguard Sunil observed the victims in distress and approached them with the rescue boards and tubes. He also relayed for help from the neighbouring towers.

A jet ski was pressed into operation as well. Four victims were secured onto rescue boards, one with the rescue tube and three by the Jet Ski.  All victims were brought safely to shore with the help of the Jet Ski. Two of the victims were administered oxygen and taken to the nearby Tuem CHC and later referred to the District hospital at Mapusa.

Lifeguard services in Goa are provided by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa and operated by Drishti’s Surf Life Sacing Goa  (SLSG) which keeps  a close watch on the  beaches   from dawn to  dusk, an exercise which  has prevented  deaths  due to  drowning  on the  shores  of the  State.

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