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Increased presence of lifesavers on the state’s beaches due to festive season

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Panaji:  With the tourists flocking state’s beaches, the lifesaving agency, assigned the work of managing safety on state’s coastline has deployed additional lifesavers across the state.

Drishti Marine has been appointed by State Tourism department to manage safety of the beaches across the state.

The company spokesman said that with the festive season having commenced in Goa and visitors thronging to the beach, additional lifesavers are deployed across beaches in North and South Goa.

“Additionally patrolling hours have been extended till 11 p.m. to ensure the safety of people through this festive season,” he said.

“The present arrangement will be in place till the first week of January 2021,” the spokesman added.

“Popular beaches such as Morjim, Arambol, Baga, Calangute, Sinquerim, Miramar, Agonda, Benaulim, Colva, Palolem and more have witnessed a spike in tourist given that it’s the festive season with Christmas and New Year around the corner.

“We have made arrangements to deploy additional lifesavers across these beaches. They will continue to patrol the beaches and keep a vigilant eye on beach goers till 23.00 hours,” said Ravi Shankar, who heads operations at Drishti Marine.

“Additionally on December 24, December 25 and on new years eve on December 31, 2020 lifesavers will keep a watch on the coast till 01: 00 hrs in the early morning,” he added.

Shankar said that Drishti especially cautioned adults to keep a very close eye on children while on the beach and to not allow children to venture into the waters under night fall, no matter how shallow it may be.

“The agency also advises locals and tourists not to enter the waters after sunset and most certainly restrain to do so if under the influence of alcohol,” he added.

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