~ Six missing children located by Drishti Marine lifesavers on Goa’s beaches.
~ Lifesavers attended to six first-aid emergency cases involving beachgoers.
Panaji: Thirteen persons were rescued off Goa’s beaches over the extended New Year weekend, even as six missing children were traced during the same period.
There were five double rescues reported over the weekend, in addition to six first-aid emergencies addressed by Drishti Marine lifesavers across Goa’s coastal belt.
At Vagator, three young boys were playing in the water when two ventured into the deeper sections of the sea. Three Drishti Marine lifesavers, Babaji Naik, Sunny Narvekar and Sandeep Parab rushed into the deep and secured the boys back to shore. Their parents were subsequently informed about the incident.
At Morjim beach, two men from Gujarat, both aged 29 years, went swimming after beach closure hours, ignoring announcements made by patrolling lifesavers and started to drown. Drishti Marine lifesavers, Amon Salgaonkar and Rupesh Kerkar secured the two using a surfboard and jetski.
Palolem beach reported a kayaking mishap involving a middle-aged couple. Drishti Marine lifesaver on duty, Sachin Kirloskar rushed into the water using the jetski and safely secured the couple. Two youngsters from Karnataka were caught in a rough current off Cabo De Rama beach. Unable to swim, they called for assistance. Drishti Marine lifesavers Satyawan Velip and Shanta Velip rescued the duo.
Lifesavers Rahul Shirodkar and Manish Narvekar were involved in the rescue of two male residents of Uttar Pradesh at Anjuna beach.
Drishti Marine lifesaver Rajat Vaiginkar at Baga beach was called into action to save a 22-year-old resident of Rajasthan who was struggling to swim, after he accompanied his seven to eight other companions into deep water. Examination of the individual’s vitals after his rescue revealed that he was intoxicated.
At Anjuna beach, a 34-year-old resident of Karnataka was intoxicated and slipped into the water. An on-duty lifesaver brought the man back to shore. CPR was administered in order to clear his airway, as he was unable to talk. He was subsequently handed over to emergency services for further examination. Arossim beach also reported the rescue of a man from Punjab aged 27 years.
Drishi Marine lifesavers were involved in six first-aid and medical emergencies across Goa’s coastline. At Palolem, a man from Karnataka, aged 62 years, who was experiencing breathing difficulties, was brought back to shore and administered CPR to clear his airway. He was later handed over to emergency services once his vitals returned to normal. Similarly, at Cavelossim, a senior citizen was experiencing similar breathing difficulties, after which Drishti Marine lifesavers cleared his airway and handed him over to emergency services for further treatment. At Calangute, a 27-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh who was intoxicated, was struggling in knee-level water. On noticing her discomfort, a lifesaver rushed to her assistance and found her breathing abnormally. The lifesaver quickly cleared her airway and called emergency services. She was rushed to the nearest healthcare centre where she was given further treatment.
A 59-year-old resident of Rajasthan was administered first-aid when she twisted her leg at Sinquerim beach. At Baga beach, a man was administered first-aid when he suffered lacerations from contact with a nearby boat. At Benaulim beach, a man from Mumbai, aged 21 years, suffered a deep gash after slipping into the water. He was immediately administered first-aid.
Drishti Marine lifesavers were called into action at Benaulim beach, when a man approached the lifesaving tower to report his missing wife. After a brief search, the woman was located some distance away. There were also six other cases of children who were missing and reunited with their parents at Baga, Calangute and Cavelossim beaches.
A thief was also handed over to the police after he was caught stealing a bag from a hotel guest at Colva beach.