Panaji: Two Kazakhstan nationals were among 17 persons rescued along the state’s coastline over the long Diwali weekend.
The double rescue was conducted at Arambol beach, when the two Kazakhs aged 31 and 36 years who were caught in a rip current while swimming, were unable to make it to shore. The duo was rescued by Drishti Marine lifesavers Priyansh Gwas and Suhas Gawas with the help of a rescue tube and surfboard.
Another double rescue was conducted at the same beach involving two young men from Pune, who were saved from drowning by on-duty lifesavers. Two other persons were also rescued in separate incidents off Arambol beach. One incident involved a 26-year-old from Delhi and the other involved a 25-year-old from Bengaluru.
Calangute Beach witnessed a triple rescue operation involving three women from Uttar Pradesh, between the ages of 21 to 24 years. Drishti Marine lifesavers Nakul Usapkar, Shubham Keluskar and Kartik Naik immediately rushed to their aid, after watching them struggling to swim and in danger of being swept into the deeper sections of the water. The three women were brought to shore and first-aid was administered.
A 29-year-old male from Punjab was rescued at Calangute when he was caught off-guard by a rough wave, forcing Drishti Marine lifesaver Ashwin Ghag to rush to his rescue with a surfboard. Another 25-year-old man from Ahmedabad was also rescued at the same beach.
At Mandrem, a couple aged 26 and 27-years-old were overcome by fatigue while trying to swim back to shore. With the assistance of a jetski and a rescue tube, lifesavers Priyansh Kubal and Manoj Parab, safely returned the couple to shore.
At Agonda, a 47-year-old man from Bengaluru who went fishing on his kayak, found himself stuck in a rocky area, unable to paddle back to shore. Local fishermen in the area alerted Drishti Marine lifesavers on duty, who swiftly launched a jetski to assist the man.
Additionally, there were three single rescues conducted at Cavelossim, Morjim and Sinquerim beaches.
Two girls, aged five and nine years of age, who were reported missing at Calangute beach were traced by Drishti Marine lifesavers and re-united with their guardians.