13 rescues along Goa coastline over long New Year weekend

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Panaji: Thirteen persons were rescued off Goa’s beaches over the extended New Year weekend, even as six missing children were traced during the same period, the spokesman of state government appointed lifesaving agency said on Wednesday.

The spokesman said that there were five double rescues reported over the weekend, in addition to six first-aid emergencies addressed by Drishti Marine lifesavers across Goa’s coastal belt.

He said that at Vagator beach (North Goa), three young boys were playing in the water when two ventured into the deeper sections of the sea. Three Drishti Marine lifesavers rushed into the deep and secured the boys back to shore. Their parents were subsequently informed about the incident, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that at Morjim beach (North Goa), two men from Gujarat, both aged 29 years, went swimming after beach closure hours, ignoring announcements made by patrolling lifesavers and started to drown. Drishti Marine lifesavers secured the two using a surfboard and jetski, he added.

He said that  Palolem beach reported a kayaking mishap involving a middle-aged couple. Drishti Marine lifesaver on duty rushed into the water using the jetski and safely secured the couple.

“Two youngsters from Karnataka were caught in a rough current off Cabo De Rama beach. Unable to swim, they called for assistance. Drishti Marine lifesavers rescued the duo,” he said.

The Lifesavers were involved in the rescue of two male residents of Uttar Pradesh at Anjuna beach, he said.

Drishti Marine lifesaver at Baga beach (North Goa) was called into action to save a 22-year-old resident of Rajasthan who was struggling to swim, after he accompanied his seven to eight other companions into deep water.

“Examination of the individual’s vitals after his rescue revealed that he was intoxicated,” he added.

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