Lifeguards posted along the South Goa beaches on Tuesday joined the strike launched by their counterparts in North Goa the previous day. However, Drishti Special Response Service (DSRS)remained unfazed with this development even though tourists were put in danger.
Tourists visiting the Colva beach where the undercurrents can be quite strong and have caused many deaths due to drowning were left to fend for themselves. In fact, a group of children from Mumbai did not know where to swim as the safe zones were not marked and they formed a chain holding each others hands to overcome the undercurrents.
A teacher accompanying the students said they were afraid to let the children play in the water in the absence of lifeguards and criticized the government for failing to provide safety to the visitors.
Meanwhile, the lifeguards at Palolem too joined the stir and only one junior team officer of DSRS was seen taking rounds of the sea in the water ski. In fact, with the exception of Agonda, all other beaches like Patnem, Raibag and Galgibaga had no lifeguards working on Tuesday.
It is learnt that though all the lifeguards had reported at the Palolem watch tower, most of them left for Miramar beach to join the other protesting lifeguards there.
Meanwhile DSRS said the strike did not affect it as around 100 lifeguards worked tirelessly to provide safety and security to those venturing into the sea.
Despite the strike, lifeguards at Calangute succeeded in rescuing a Russian woman from drowning.
DSRS management Tuesday evening met the striking lifeguards and following discussions with them was hopeful that they would report for duty on Wednesday. The strike initially began with 85 lifeguards from Baga to Miramar beach refusing to work.