Panaji:The Candolim coast witnessed a single rescue of a tourist while Palolem coast saw six rescues involving kayaks over the weekend.
At about 16:10hrs at Candolim beach, a 21-year old man from Maharashtra entered into the red-flagged no-swim zone. Experiencing a sudden change in the water levels, the victim found himself caught in danger. As he attempted to return to the shore, he was unable to swim and called out for help. Drishti lifesaver Sushant Gaonkar on noticing the victim rushed to his aid and secured him with a rescue tube. The victim was brought back safely and a medical checkup was conducted where he was found to be out of danger.
In an incident that took place at Palolem over the weekend three men from Maharashtra went kayaking at around 18:30hrs. As they kayaked further, they attempted to hold each other’s hands in order to balance but fell into the water and struggled to stay afloat. Drishti lifesaver Parshuram Pagi, on alert, spotted the victims in distress and immediately rushed to help them on a jetski. He single handedly secured all three victims on the jetski and brought them to safety. The victims were assessed for injuries and let go with safety precautions.
In another incident that took place over the weekend at about 18:18hrs, a man from Bhopal, aged 34years went kayaking. In the middle of the sea, he lost his balance and fell overboard. This alerted Drishti lifesaver Ankush Vagaonkar who was on duty, and rushed a rescue call. Drishti lifesaver Laxmikant Sagekar launched a jetski immediately and rushed to the spot. He secured the drowning tourist on the jetski and brought him ashore safely.
Earlier today, two men, one aged 22 years and the other aged 23years from Solapur went kayaking at Palolem at around 11:15hrs. As the kayak overturned, the two youngsters fell into the water and began struggling for help. Drishti lifesaver Laxmikant Sagekar noticed the two in distress and rushed towards them on a jetski. He secured each of them on the jetski and brought them to shore.
At around 15:15hrs today, a 13 years old boy and a 15years old girl from Bangalorewere taking a dip into the sea at Palolem. As they were swimming, they got stung by a jellyfish present in the waters and started gesturing for help. Drishti lifesaver Ankush Vagonkar spotted the two kids and informed the lifesavers’ tower. Drishti lifesaver Laxmikant Sagekar on getting notified immediately rushed to the victims and secured them on the jetski, bringing them to safety. The necessary medical aid was administered on the kids and further help was provided.