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Goa beach safety tightened, ‘no selfie’ zones identified

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls, Drishti Marine, a State government appointed lifeguard agency, have identified ‘no selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe points along 106 km coastline of the tourist State.

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.

“Further, 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,” Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said.

The move came following continued reports of drowning. Recently a couple from Tamil Nadu reportedly drowned while taking selfies in North Goa.

Earlier the agency had issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season, June to September, 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. Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. daily. Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency arising post 8.00 pm. Post sunset till midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol.

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