Panaji: Two domestic tourists from Karnataka and Rajasthan were rescued from drowning off Goa’s beaches over the weekend, even as Drishti Marine lifesavers, also helped apprehend a thief attempting to steal a beachgoer’s belongings.
The first rescue incident was reported off Morjim beach, where a 19-year-old male resident from Bengaluru found himself in deep waters and was struggling to swim. Two members of the public, a foreigner and a local, rushed to the young man’s aid. Drishti Marine lifesavers, Rupesh, Vikas, Raghvendra, Laxman, Ashwin and Sudesh, witnessed the commotion in the water and reacted quickly with the help of a rescue tube and surfboard.
After the rescue, the person was administered first-aid, including clearing the victim’s airway and providing oxygen, before lifesavers handed him over to emergency services for further medical attention.
At Baga beach, a 28-year-old resident of Rajasthan was having difficulty breathing while he was in the sea. On-duty Drishti Marine lifesavers, Babaji Gaonkar and Darshan Phate rushed into the water using a rescue tube and brought the man back to shore. He was later administered CPR which brought his vitals back to normal and was subsequently rushed to the Candolim Health Centre where he was given further treatment.
Meanwhile, at Varca beach, a 28-year-old man from Mangalore fainted shortly after exiting the sea. Lifesavers quickly assessed the situation, ensuring the victim’s airway was clear and providing him with oxygen. The individual recovered and after monitoring his condition, lifesavers safely transported him to a nearby medical facility.
Drishti Marine lifesavers are not only first responders to beach-related emergencies, but they also play an important role in discovering and recovering stolen belongings in cases of beach theft.
At Colva beach, Drishti Marine lifesavers witnessed suspicious activity involving a man attempting to steal a beachgoer’s belongings. The lifesavers quickly rushed to the location with the help of a jeep to thwart the attempted theft. He was later handed over to the police and for further questioning.