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Panaji: Goa’s lifeguards will now sport a new uniform, while they also will be termed as “lifesavers,” the private agency which has been contracted with the work of lifesaving said on Thursday.

Drishti Marine, the state appointed lifeguard agency, has  has rolled out new kits for its 400-member

strong force and is changing the spoken nomenclature to ‘lifesavers’.

Company’s Goa Operational head Ravi Shankar, in a statement issued here, has said that there will be a departure from its bright red uniforms of the past and the new kit features a Navy blue dry-fit tshirt over a full sleeve white dry-fit UV-protect rashguard, worn with red shorts.

“Goa Tourism’s trademark ‘Goa’ logo is inscribed as a crest on the top right of the tee-shirt while Drishti’s logo is printed on the sleeve and shorts. The new kits have ‘Lifesavers’ inscribed on the back of the tee-shirts,” he said.

Shankar said that with the entire  team trained and ready under new global lifesaving guidelines for Covid-19, we felt it was the right time to make a fresh departure.

“Our boys have worked throughout the lockdown an as essential services and are now ready to welcome visitors to the beach under new normal codes of safety,” he said.

“Drishti’s lifesavers not only rescue people from the sea but have also been first responders for any emergency and  medical situations which arise on shore; be it a cardiac arrest or a minor Injury requiring first aid,” he said.

Speaking about the new protocols in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Shankar said that  the new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) protocol has changed.

“Globally, hands-only CPR is recommended which includes compression of the chest, but no rescue breaths. In more advanced cases too, it’s a direct shift from the regular mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the use of a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) which is a self – inflating resuscitation device. This can reduce infections or diseases being transmitted in the process between victim and rescuer”.

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