Barely a day after fishermen were rescued after their canoe capsized at Baina beach, on Saturday morning, a fisherman drowned while two others were rescued in a similar incident off Baina shore.
The deceased fisherman was identified as Suresh Tandel (33), a resident of Baina.
As per information from Vasco police, a group of twelve fishermen had ventured into the Arabian sea in a motorised canoe from Baina beach on Saturday morning. When they reached some 200 metres away from the shore, the engine of the motorised canoe developed a snag and it capsized due to strong undercurrents.
When the fishermen raised an alarm, a lifeguard attached to the Drishti Life Saving Pvt Ltd at Baina beach, Yallgurdappa Madar, rushed into the water with a rescue tube. Lifeguard supervisor, Yallappa, also rushed to the beach point with a patrol jeep and swam towards the canoe with a rescue tube.
Both lifeguards reached the spot and spotted two fishermen away from the canoe struggling in the water while the others clung onto the canoe. Both were secured with rescue tubes and brought to safety, while the remaining fishermen were brought to the shore in another canoe.
The two rescued fishermen were identified as Munna Jaiswal (37) and Putia Chalwadi (45), both from Baina.
The above two fishermen and Suresh Tandel were rushed to the nearest private hospital at Baina, but the doctors pronounced Tandel dead on admission. The other two fishermen are said to be recovering.
Vasco police have registered a case of drowning and sent the body of the deceased to the GMC morgue for postmortem. Police sub-inspector Suraj Kankonkar is investigating the case under the supervision of Vasco PI Raposo and deputy superintendent of police Sunita Sawant.
Meanwhile, in another incident, eleven fishermen were rescued by the team of lifeguards attached to Drishti at Majorda beach on Saturday afternoon. As per information available from Drishti, a fishing canoe toppled due to strong waves when it reached about 120 metres from the shore at around 1.30 p.m.