BAGA: Recent IMD reports have been predicting rough weather and thundershowers. Drishti’s lifesavers have been recently warning people on the beach from venturing into the Sea due to the ongoing rough and unusual weather conditions.
Red flags have been put up at all beaches indicating they are no swim zones.
Amidst another such weather prediction, earlier yesterday evening Drishti lifesaver Narayan Govekar observed two tourists venturing into the deep waters in the crowded and red-flagged area at Baga.
He immediately rushed to caution them to come out of the water while also alerting others to fall back to a safe distance on the beach away from the water break zone. Soon after the duo got caught in a strong rip current. Lifesaver Narayan rushed into the water and rescued one victim, brought him to shore, and rushed to rescue the second victim. Whilst running, he twisted his leg due to the uneven beach surface and was rendered immobile. He called for backup as he could not proceed ahead.
Meanwhile, supervisor Manguesh Gawas and BSP Girish rushed to the scene after informing Supervisor Nilesh to launch a Jetski. They observed that lifesaver Narayan was seriously injured whilst undertaking the rescue and was unable to stand up. He was immediately evacuated in an ambulance while the rescue efforts of the other male continued. All lifesavers were put on high alert and launched an intense operation to locate the missing person.
Several hours later, they drew a blank. The body of the missing male washed ashore at Baga earlier today.
Meanwhile, the lifesaver, Narayan, is presently undergoing treatment at Asilo hospital and preliminary medical reports indicate the likelihood of ligament tear and a fracture to his knee.
Drishti cautions visitors to stay safe and alert at the beach in the present unusual weather conditions.
#ListenToYourLifesavers: Drishti, Goa’s lifesavers agency, offers these safety tips in the present weather conditions
Watch out for children while at the beach, do not let them enter the ocean unaccompanied, no matter how shallow it may seem.
Avoid going to an isolated beach that isn’t staffed by lifesavers. Choose a beach that is surrounded by people instead, and never swim solo since these locations are frequently manned by lifesavers.
Stay vigilant since lifesavers make statements to warn and educate people via the Public Address System mounted on the jeeps while patrolling.
Do not go onto the rocks during low tide since the rocks become much more slippery due to the moss.
Do not get into the water if you are under the influence of liquor.
Always read and pay heed to the safety notices posted at the beach’s main entrance.
Wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times