Panaji, June 23: In an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls from slippery and rocky areas along the coastline, Drishti Marine, the state appointed life guarding agency have identified ‘No-Selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe selfie points in Goa.
Areas identified in North Goa include Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao; and in South Goa, the signs will be placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. These points will have ‘No-Selfie’ signages.
Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said “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.”
Drishti Marine has issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season i.e. June 01 to September 30 as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming and other water-based recreational activities.
Red flags have also been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones.
Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7:30 am till 6:00 pm daily.
Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency which may crop up until 8:00 pm. Post sunset, from 6:00 pm to 12 midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol (BSP).
About Drishti Marine Pvt Ltd:
Drishti Marine looks into garbage management, beach and marine safety and rescue services across all the beaches of Goa on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa.
Drishti Marine employs over 600 lifeguards to provide life guarding services across the beach stretch of Goa and internal water bodies of Dudhsagar and Mayem Lake. Since 2008, Drishti Marine lifeguards have saved over 3,000 lives in rescue operations reducing deaths on Goa’s beaches by 99%.