Panaji: With 91 children rescued off Goa’s beaches by Drishti Marine’s lifesavers over the last two years, the Goa State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has formally appreciated the agency’s lifesavers for their “incredible courage” and “heroic actions”.
The appreciation from the Commission comes days after two French children were rescued off Mandrem beach by lifesavers who were on duty.
“Lifeguards diligently dedicate not only their time but lives to enabling a safe environment for all of us. They instruct and keep a constant watch on our children to prevent injury and rescue them from life-threatening accidents,” GSCPCR chairperson Peter Borges said in a letter addressed to Drishti Marine Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Navin Awasthi.
Borges also described the lifesavers as “unsung heroes” who are “saddled with the responsibility of making sure that beaches are safe for children and ensuring that they too are guarded while they enjoy a swim”.
Apart from the 91 rescues, which also involved administering first-aid to the rescued children, Drishti Marine lifesavers also traced 264 missing children along Goa’s beaches over three years and reunited them with their parents.
Responding to the Commission’s appreciation letter, Drishti Marine CEO Navin Awasthi said: “We thank the GSCPCR for recognising our lifesavers’ tireless efforts to keep everyone, including children, safe on Goa’s beaches. Such acknowledgement gives us the strength to strive even more”.
Drishti Marine’s lifesavers are first responders to all emergencies on the beaches of Goa.