Lifeguards are engaged in a livelihood that involves saving people from strong swells and rough conditions at the risk of their lives on the beaches of Goa. Lifeguards from Drishti life-saving Pvt Ltd are being kept on their toes along the busy Calangute-Candolim coastal belt with a large influx of tourists visiting Goa. They make several rescues each year all over the state. Apart from the risk involved, lifeguards often face tough situations with tourists who at times violently retaliate when they ask them to stay away from the waters. Read the complete report here.
Tourists venture into the seas after consuming alcohol and throwing safety to the winds. By doing this, they not only invite trouble for themselves but also risk their lives. According to the information, Lifeguards have rescued 16 tourists from drowning over the last one week in Goa.
According to the sources, on Thursday two tourists have been rescued at Baga beach who were dragged by a rip tide. Seeing them in trouble, two others rushed into the water but only to start waving out to the lifeguards for help. Lifeguards rushed to their rescue and brought them to shore using jet-skis. Later on Thursday, at Calangute beach, a tourist from Punjab was rescued.
On Wednesday, a 25-year-old tourist from Karnataka, despite warnings from a lifeguard, ventured into a red flag zone at Baga beach and was soon dragged offshore by a sudden riptide. He was rescued by lifeguards. Similarly, later that evening five more tourists from Karnataka were rescued at Calangute beach.
At Candolim, two Russian tourists, Petrova Artem and Petrova Ekaterina, were rescued from the drowning on Tuesday, after they entered a no-swim zone and were pulled into the sea by lateral currents. The same day, at Calangute, two more Russians – Kristina Warabiova and Erena Warabiova – were rescued with jet-skis, after they found themselves drifting into the sea while swimming in a no-swim zone.