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Panaji:  With the summer vacations going on and the domestic tourists arriving at the beach, the lifeguard agency manning the coastline of Goa has issued advisory asking people to save their skin from the Sun and also keep the body hydrated.

Drishti Marine Services, an agency which has been contracted by the State Tourism department, the work of manning the 105-km-long coastline today issued advisory predicting that temperatures in the state are set to soar this month with the summers reaching its peak. According to the India Metrological Department (IMD), temperatures could have risen by 3 – 5 degrees in some parts of Goa.

“With tourists and locals heading to the beach to get some respite from the heat and cool off amidst the waves, Drishti Marine, the state-appointed professional lifeguard agency has issued a summer advisory on simple ways to stay safe while at the beach during the hot summer month,” the agency has said in a press note released here.

The agency which has 600-odd lifeguards on the beaches has said that owing to the present sea conditions, it is advisable to swim between the flags marked in red and yellow as they indicate moderate surf and currents while strictly avoiding the red flag areas which indicate the non-swim zones.

“A beach umbrella is ideal to protect yourself from the sun’s direct heat, keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It is advisable to carry sunscreen in order to protect yourselves from sunburns and heat-strokes,” it has said.

“The blue sea is inviting during the sweltering summers. However, the seemingly calm waves may have rip currents, flash currents and underwater currents that the beach goers need to be cautious about before taking a dip into the sea. The team of lifeguards present along the coast are monitoring the surroundings and are trained to carry out rescues in the rough sea conditions,” the agency has said.

Drishti has said that the scorching heat also can be the cause of skin rashes, sunburns, and heat strokes. Make sure to stay hydrated through the day and try to avoid being in direct sunlight between 12noon and 3.00pm when the rays are the harshest.

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