Sea off Aksa Beach Risky, Lifeguards Save 38

Sea off Aksa Beach Risky, Lifeguards Save 38

July 07, 2022 By The CONNECT

Drishti has a well-trained team of 111 who are deployed across the 06 lifeguarded beaches in Mumbai

MUMBAI, July 7 (The CONNECT) – As many as 79 persons have been rescued from the sea off Mumbai’s six beaches - Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu, Versova, Aksa, and Gorai – by Drishti's lifesavers during the first half of this year.

The rescues took place in 47 separate incidents, many of which involved double and triple rescues.

Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd was appointed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Mumbai Fire Brigade in January 2019 to provide lifeguarding services and manage beach safety at the six popular beaches which witness high footfalls.

The largest number of incidents in the last 6 months have been reported in Aksa which saw 38 incidents followed by Juhu with 35 incidents, Versova had 07 incidents while Gorai had 04.  Dadar and Girgaum witnessed 03 incidents and 01 respectively. Despite efforts from the lifeguards, 5 individuals succumbed to the waters.

A total of 35 individuals between the ages of 13 to 18 years were involved in incidents so far. 17 individuals were from the age group of 19 to 25 years of age, while 17 were below the age of 12 years.

Drishti has a well-trained team of 111 who are deployed across the 06 lifeguarded beaches in Mumbai. All of Drishti's lifeguards are trained and certified by the Special Rescue Training Academy, an internationally accredited training agency. The lifesavers have been trained in lifesaving skills and follow the global guidelines laid down in times of the pandemic.

“Working with the MCGM has been a pleasure, they have been extremely proactive in their approach to beach safety. Safer beaches usually lead to more visitors and we are actively working with the MCGM to ensure Mumbai’s beaches continue to remain up to the highest standards. The biggest focus is on preventing people from getting into trouble, and ensuring they can enjoy the beaches safely, said Navin Awasthi, Operations Head of Drishti Lifesaving

He explained, "Drishti Lifesaving has also looked into rescue services, garbage management, beach and marine safety across all the beaches of Goa, on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa for the past decade. Drishti employs over 600 lifeguards to provide lifeguarding services across the beach stretch of Goa and the internal water bodies of Dudhsagar and Mayem Lake. Additionally, the company also operates a Beach Safety Patrol, providing beach marshals from sunset to midnight. Since 2008, Drishti lifeguards have saved over 6000 lives due to intervention rescue operations reducing deaths on Goa’s beaches by 99%.”