Wednesday, 20 June 2018
INDIA: In Goa, Two Tamil Nadu Tourists Drown While Taking Photos
Police identified the victims as Dinesh Kumar Ranganatha, 28, and Sashikumar Vasan, 33, both from Tamil Nadu.
The deaths happened five days after five youths from Akola, Maharshtra, met a watery grave off Calangute.
Calangute PI Jivba Dalvi said a group of eight tourists from Mangaluru and Tamil Nadu had come to Baga beach on Saturday evening.
Three of them crossed the Baga creek and reached the rocky area.
As one of them was taking photograph along with the others, a strong wave pulled them inside. While two of them managed to come out, the third one Ranganathan from Vellore was swept away by the wave.
They were clicking pics when wave hit.
In the second incident, four tourists from Tamil Nadu went to Sinquerim, Candolim, for sunrise around 7 am.
They went to a rocky area below Fort Aguada to take photographs. One of them started clicking photographs of his three friends seated on the rocks. Suddenly, a huge wave came and washed one of them away.
Bodies of both the tourists were fished out later and sent to the GMC for postmortem.
Two days ago, tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar held a meeting with officials wherein he called for steps to be taken to create awareness among beach tourists.
The tourism department is also exploring the option of introducing 24 x7 beach patrolling.
Drishti Marine, the lifeguard agency, had earlier said that with the onset of the monsoon all beaches in the state have been shut for swimming and water sports activities since June 8, 2018, with red flags put up on the beaches.
The restrictions will continue till September.
Post mortem examinations in both cases have been conducted and the bodies will be handed over to their relatives soon, the police official said.
This comes just a week after three tourists, including a police constable and his brother, from Akola in Maharashtra drowned in the Arabian Sea at Goa’s famous Calangute beach near Panaji.
On June 11, a group of 14 tourists from Akola had arrived in Goa by a train around 4 am, Calangute police inspector Jivba Dalvi said.
Despite specific signages that were put up along the shoreline warning people against venturing into the sea, the group went in at 6am.
Five of the tourists got pulled into the waters due to the strong undercurrents, of which three drowned while two others managed to swim to the shore, police said quoting eyewitnesses.