Coast Guard saves Indian Army officer from drowning off Goa beach
Panaji: A Pune-based Indian Army officer was rescued in a joint operation by lifeguards and the Indian Coast Guard at South Goa’s Cabo de Rama fort, after the officer slipped on rocks and fell into the rough sea.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon at the rocky stretch of beach near the popular Cabo de Rama fort, which the 26-year-old Army officer had frequented during his Goa holiday.
“We received a call from the police authorities around 1.30 pm. Our chopper was airborne and we managed to rescue the person from the sea in ten minutes,” Deputy Inspector General Indian Coast Guard Himanshu Nautiyal told reporters here.
He, however, did not disclose the name of the rescued officer.
The officer was immediately shifted to the nearby Indian Navy hospital INHS Jeevanti and his condition is reported to be stable.
Swimming on Goa’s beaches has already been banned, following the impending arrival of the monsoon due to the rough nature of the sea. Conditions offshore have worsened even more due to the passing of Cyclone Vayu off the state’s coastline.
Drishti Marine, a private lifeguard management agency, which has been appointed by the state tourism ministry for the safety of beach goers has issued an advisory against swimming and frequenting rocky areas on the coastline.