Three male tourists from Gujarat aged between 38 and 52 were rescued from rough waters at Baga in North Goa by Drishti Marine lifeguards Nanda Sawant, Subham Sawant, Vitthal Matnekar, Rohit Keluskar and Nanda Gaonkar.
According to a statement here, on the morning of September 4, 2018, at about 1130 hours at the Baga lifeguard tower, three tourists who were intoxicated ventured into the sea in a no-swim zone.
Drishti Marine lifeguards Nanda and Subham manning the point advised the tourists to avoid venturing into the waters as the sea conditions were not favourable for swimming. The tourists were intoxicated and paid a deaf ear to the lifeguards’ advice. A short while later they ventured further into the sea and were trapped in underwater currents.
On witnessing the incident, lifeguards Nanda and Subham immediately rushed to the spot. A rescue call was placed over the radio for back-up. Once ashore, the vitals of the victims were checked. One of the victim brought up water faced a breathing problem. His airway was cleared and oxygen was administered. Simultaneously a call was placed to 108 ambulance. Since the ambulance did not respond, the victim was taken by a lifeguard jeep to Braganza Hospital Calangute.
Upon check-up the doctors declared victim out of danger.
Red flags have been posted across all beaches under Drishti Marine’s surveillance indicating that these are strictly no-swim zones.
Even though the lifeguards were monitoring the weather conditions on a daily basis and the team was trained to carry out rescues even in rough weather, wading into the red zone areas was not advisable because the weather and sea conditions are not ideal for swimming during the ongoing monsoon season, the statement added.