PANJIM: An unknown male, aged between 20 to 25 years, drowned off Calangute beach on Wednesday, after he was caught in a rip current and could not be located by the rescue team of the Surf Life Saving Goa.
According to the information provided by SLSG, the youth was among the few people in the water at Calangute beach and on seeing him getting pulled into water, the SLSG lifeguards raised an alarm over the radio and two lifeguards launched a rescue operation.
The rescue team observed that the victim had managed to get onto a sand bank and was standing there and was about to walk back to the beach, when unfortunately, a dumping wave of about 3 feet crashed over his head, throwing him down. This led to him being caught in a rip current, which pulled him off to sea.
Though the lifeguards speeded the rescue operation they could not locate the victim.
Meanwhile, another lifeguard with a rescue board reached the spot to assist the rescue team but could not locate the victim either, following which an emergency was declared and an intensive search for the missing victim was initiated.
Despite almost an hour of search there were no sign of the victim. The people in the vicinity then noticed something floating close to the shore and informed the lifeguards, following which the body of the victim was retrieved and a resuscitation drive was launched and the victim was rushed to the Candolim Primary Health Centre, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Earlier, on noticing the change in weather conditions all the beaches in North Goa were closed for swimming. Those trying to go into the sea were warned about the changing sea conditions and increase in wave size. (NT)


diogofichardo said...

Sad as it may be to lose a life, why do people go anywhere near the sea during unkind weather? There are certain times of the year one should stay away from these locations unless its a profession.

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