Drishti lifesavers prevented an attempted suicide off Candolim beach while also rescuing two male kayakers at Palolem over the weekend after their kayak toppled mid-sea, putting their lives at risk.
At Candolim beach, alert lifeguards responded to cries from a waiter at a beach shack about a fully-clothed man who had suddenly flung himself into the sea, making no obvious effort to swim.
Lifesavers rushed to the scene and brought the man back to shore. Following a quick medical examination, the lifesavers, on conducting enquiries learnt that the man had attempted suicide. He was promptly turned over to the police for further questioning.
At Palolem, two men from Shimoga, Karnataka, found themselves in a life-threatening situation when their kayak overturned in the sea. Unable to get back on the boat, they called for help, attracting the attention of a Drishti lifesaver who was already present with a jet-ski in the water. The two men were safely returned to shore.
Drishti Marine lifesavers also rescued another person off Candolim beach.
The person was part of a group of eight persons from Karnataka who were frolicking in the waters off Candolim beach when a sudden wave engulfed him. Drishti lifesavers noticed a sudden commotion in the waters and rushed to rescue the man who was struggling to swim. He was secured with a surfboard and rescue tube, along with the assistance of a few fishermen that were present in the area.
Two other persons, one a 45-year-old man from Maharashtra and a 31-year-old woman from Bengaluru, were both rescued from strong currents at Miramar and Agonda, respectively, using a rescue tube and a surfboard.
At Baga, following several incidents caused due to water-sport activities, a 27-year-old female from Haryana dislocated her leg while disembarking a boat. The operator of the boat made a sudden manoeuvre while the woman was still descending from the boat. The Drishti lifesavers immediately administered first aid on the spot. The woman was transferred via a Drishti jeep to a nearby hospital for further medical assistance.
Two children were recovered by Drishti lifesavers over the weekend after they briefly went missing. One girl at Palolem left her hotel room in search of her shoes that were left on the beach and she could not find her way back to her hotel room. The girl approached a Drishti lifesaver for assistance and was subsequently handed over to the parents. At Candolim, a boy was reported missing. It was brought to the attention of the Drishti lifesavers stationed at the tower by the parents. After a few public announcements were made, a quick search was conducted with the jeep. The boy was located and handed over to his parents.