Vasco: A 26-year-old army officer posted in Pune, who was
in Goa on a short visit, was rescued by the Indian Coast Guard from drowning
off Cabo de Rama beach in Canacona on Thursday.
As per Drishti, an alert lifeguard spotted the army
personnel in distress in the waters. He then launched Jet Ski but was unable to
reach him due to the rocky terrain, high waves and rough sea conditions. A senior lifeguard Amitava threw a rescue
tube and log for the man in distress to cling onto. Simultaneously, a call was
made to the Indian Coast Guard control room and INS Hansa wherein a helicopter
back-up was called for.
Deputy inspector general of Indian Coast Guard Himanshu
Nautiyal said that an ICG helicopter was dispatched for the rescue mission
after a message was received from the lifeguards attached to Drishti at around
“Braving severe weather conditions with restricted
visibility and overcast sky, the Indian Coast Guard pilots onboard the chopper
in a swift operation rescued the drowning man” said Nautiyal adding he is an
army officer and is presently undergoing treatment at INHS Jeevanti Hospital at
INS Gomantak in Vasco. In the last 24
hours, lifeguards have rescued 3 other individuals from sea including two male
tourists at Calangute and a man from the Colva creek.
Source:: The Navhind Times