Goa panel identifies 24 ‘no-selfie’ points along coast to curb drowning incidents
In the wake of several incidents of drowning while clicking selfies at Goa beaches, the state-appointed lifeguard agency has identified 24 ‘no-selfie’ points along the coast. The agency has already put up red flags on all the beaches marking them as ‘no-swim’ zones to prevent drowning incidents.
Areas such as Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and the area between Bambolim and Siridao in North Goa have been identified as ‘no selfie’ zones, said Ravi Shankar, chief executive of Drishti Marine, the government-appointed private lifeguard agency.
In South Goa, places such as Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh will be ‘no selfie’ zones, he added.
“These points will have ‘No Selfie’ signages. The existing signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll-free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa,” he said.
The agency has issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season (between June 1 and September 30) as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming or water-based recreational activities.
“Red flags have been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones,” Shankar said. The lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 am till 6 pm daily, he said.
“In addition to that, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency which may crop up until 8 pm. Post sunset, i.e. from 6 pm to 12 midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol (BSP),” he added.