05-27-2008, 02:05 AM #1
Goan Beach lifeguards use Jet Skis
Drowning deaths off Goan beaches could reduce
10 May 2008, 0214 hrs IST,SANJAY BANERJEE,TNN
MARGAO: Drowning deaths in Goa may soon be reduced as men and women lifeguards attired in fluorescent orange will be manning the state’s beaches. The new-look beaches will resemble the Baywatch scene with permanent towers manned with lifeguards keeping an eye on the bathers with binoculars, speed boats and jet skis primed to reach out in a flash of a second to rescue a drowning person.
Tourism minister Francisco X (Micky) Pacheco said Friday that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed with the Mumbai-based Drishti water sports private limited that has managed the beach stretch in the metro at Girgaum-Chowpaty and from Marine Lines to Nariman Point successfully for the last seven years with "zero cases of drowning deaths."
The Goa government will sign a five year agreement with the company undertaking capital costs expenditure of eight crore and another three crore as operational costs annually. Fresh recruits would have to be made as there are 59 lifeguards at present against the 117 required. In the first phase, Sinquerim to Baga and Velsao to Benaulim will be manned by the new lifeguards recruited and trained by the company while those who are already trained would be deployed on other stretches covering as many beaches as possible.
Trained lifeguards will continuously be deployed on other stretches to make the beaches totally safe for bathing. The beaches will have permanent towers — two for every three kilometres with a lifeguard atop equipped with binoculars and walkie talkie from sunrise to sunset.
The bathing zones would be monitored to take note of the shifting sands and undercurrents and accordingly the zones would be shifted for additional safety. A red flag indicating dangerous and an yellow flag indicating safe for swimming will caution swimmers. A mobile tower would be placed on the beach with a jet ski in front, so that the lifeguards can immediately rush into the water in case of an emergency. In the deep sea, speed boats would further act as entrenched support while inflatable boats will help serve as a prop for the lifeguards to rest the persons they rescue and bring them back to shore. And to make the safety ring complete there would be am bulances waiting close by as well.
05-27-2008, 02:07 AM #2
Lake rescue Tuesday, 13 May 2008 Fine weather water warning after rescue
TWO people were rescued by the emergency services from Carramore Lake in Erris on Sunday evening after they got into difficulty after falling from their jet-ski.
The incident took place just before 7.30pm on Sunday evening when the male and female, who are in their twenties and from the locality, had been out in the water and fell from their jet-ski.
Luckily, the incident was noticed by a person along the shore who raised the alarm. The civilian rowed out to where the two people were located and took them out of the water. Both were wearing lifejackets.
The RNLI, the Sligo helicopter and the Gardaí from Belmullet also attended the scene. The female was removed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for treatment, but was later released. The male was treated at the scene but had no injuries.
Gardaí in Belmullet said the incident highlighted the importance of wearing safety equipment when out on the water and authorities warned people who are taking to the water in the fine weather to take care and wear proper clothing appropriate to the water.
Last week, a seminar discussing the importance of water safety for the western region took place in Rosmuc.
The seminar was organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and discussed the importance of Personal Flotation Devices and lifejackets, and provided information on their correct use and maintenance.
The seminar also demonstrated the correct use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and addressed any confusion about their actual use.
05-27-2008, 02:08 AM #3
Water bikers cautioned for "rash" behaviour
Coastguards are urging sea users to act responsibly, after water bikers in Goodwick endangered the safety of young children playing in the sea.
"The good weather has brought many people out onto our beaches to enjoy themselves, whether on the beach or in the water," said a coastguard spokesman "Unfortunately the actions of some irresponsible youths have caused problems around our coast, mostly of a minor sort, but in one incident in Goodwick the rash behaviour of two youths on water bikes put children enjoying playing in the sea in danger."
They were spotted by the Fishguard coastguard rescue team and given strong words of advice.
"We want everyone to enjoy our wonderful seaside. Don't spoil the happiness of others by driving jet skis or pleasure vessels, among swimmers," said a spokesman for HM Coastguard.
"Your silly actions could injure or even kill somebody and yourselves. Our message is be aware of others, don't act irresponsibly and then everyone can enjoy themselves on our coast."
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