Panjim, Jan 10/2015 … — The New y Year 2015 began on a hectic note for lifeguards in Goa as around 10 tourists were saved from drowning in a spate of three days along the coastline of Goa.
Reports received from Drishti Services, which is operating lifeguard, safety and monitoring mechanisms along the 105 km beach belt, to the
Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, indicates that lifeguards have proficiently handled all the emergencies and have kept a tight vigil on the waters packed with tourists.
In the first instance, three tourists were saved by lifeguards on January 3 while swimming at Baga.
Lifeguard Pankaj and Eknat negotiated rip currents to bring the trio ashore using rescue boards and tubes. The three tourists were caught in rip currents 25-30 meters seawards.
In another incident on January 3, 2015 two lady tourists were rescued at Arambol by lifeguards after they were found in distress. They were swimming in the non-swimming zone and continued to do so despite warnings from the duty lifeguard.
In another incident the same day at Mobor, lifeguards saved a lady tourist caught in a rip current.
At Candolim, lifeguards rescued three tourists the same day after they were dragged 60 meters se awards. One of the tourists who started vomiting was shifted into the DLPL lifeguard jeep rushed to the Candolim PHC. He was later discharged after being administered first-aid.
On January 5, 2015, another incident was reported at Sinquerim when a tourist collapsed while wading into the water. The victim was brought safely to shore.
The victim was suffering from epilepsy hence he was put into recovery position for few minutes. Later it was decided to shift the victim into the lifeguard jeep and rushed to Candolim PHC. The tourist was later referred to GMC for further treatment.