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 1.15 pm.
“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.