Goa asks tourists not to swim in beaches during monsoon 

In view of the increasing cases of drowning, Drishti Marines, an agency contracted to provide lifeguarding services to Goa’s beaches have asked the tourists and locals to stay away from swimming

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Goa has witnessed spate of cases of drowning due to death of tourists forcing the lifeguarding agency to appeal the people against swimming in the beaches in the tourist state.

Drishti Marines, an agency contracted to provide lifeguarding services to state’s beaches have asked the tourists and locals to stay safe by remaining away from swimming.

The spokesman in a statement issued here has said that it is devastating to see lives being lost at the sea.  “We advise caution to all those visiting the beaches in Goa. Please do not venture into the sea during the monsoons, that is till September 30, 2018,” they have said.

Drishti said the visitors should keep away from the inter-tidal zone, which includes rocky hills, cliffs, roadsides abutting the sea that sees crashing waves

“The sea conditions are extremely rough with the average wind speed being 25 km per hour and gusting winds up to 48 kilometers per hour. The waves have an approximate interval of 17.50 seconds on an average and can often scale a wave height of 2.9 metres,” Drishti said.

The agency has said that the visitors are requested to maintain at least 100 metres distance from breaking waves.

“A dry shore can be submerged in 15 seconds with the next significant wave. It is our request to all those in Goa to please not take this cautionary advise lightly, as ignoring such warnings can be fatal,” it has added.

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