The Government has instructed the Tourism Department to demarcate water sports zones to avoid any untoward incidents. The decision was taken at a meeting of senior officials and bureaucrats after a medical student from Delhi died in a jet-ski accident.
Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava informed that they have directed the Tourism Department to demarcate water sports zone with the help of Goa Police. He further added that water sports operators have also been cautioned not to interfere at these points and action will be taken against if they do not follow the instructions.
He also stressed on clearly putting up of flags showing swimming and non-swimming zones, safety and non-safety zones.
It may be recalled that some days back a medical student from Delhi Shrey Makhija (21), who was on a holiday in Goa, died due to an injury as the jet-ski in which he was traveling dashed against a stationary boat.
DRISHTI TO RESCUE: Meanwhile Drishti Special Response Services (DSRS) team rescued seven people from drowning in different incidents at Baga, Calangute and Candolim beaches on Friday.
At Baga Beach, lifeguard Shekhar Gawas saved Nilesh Khatale (26) from Nashik, who was shouting for help while swimming in the no-swimming zone. Gawas immediately rushed to his rescue and brought him safely to the shore.
At neighbouring Calangute Beach, lifeguards Sachin and Ramkrishna saved Syed from Hyderabad and Kunal from Mumbai who were initially swimming in the safe zone but wandered and continued swimming in the unsafe zone despite warning from Drishti lifeguards.
Syed was feeling dizzy, had a difficulty in breathing and was continuously vomiting. He was then shifted to the Candolim Primary Health Centre in the lifeguard jeep as the 108 Ambulance was not available.
Kavita Varma (42), who was swimming at the Candolim Beach, was washed to the beach suddenly due to the currents, following which she panicked and called for help after which the lifeguard posted rushed to her aid.
Lifeguard Pratin Gaonkar saved three youth Jashan Arora (24), Ravin Patel (24) and Swapnil Kuber (24) of Mira Road, Bhayander-Mumbai who were swimming with lifejackets at Baga beach when they began struggling in the sea and called for help.