In the wake of the rising number of incidents involving drowning of tourists in the sea, the state government has directed the police department to deploy additional Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel on ‘dark spot beaches’, which are dangerous for swimming.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, Sawant said that he has already given instructions to the police department to depute IRB personnel on beaches so as to keep a strict vigil on the coast.
As far as the issue of lifeguards is concerned, the Chief Minister said that the government has given the beach safety contract to Drishti Life Saving Agency and they are managing the beaches. However, Sawant said that due to some drowning incidents taking place in the state, he has given instructions to deploy additional IRB police personnel on beaches, which are dark spots for venturing into the water and swimming.
“Those two tourists from Belagavi, who got drowned at a beach in North Goa a few days back, were drunk. It was a group of 14 out of which five tourists had gone into
the seawater for swimming. In fact, earlier five tourists had been brought out of the water; however, two of them again went into the water and got drowned,” he said, adding that they all were drunk.
The Chief Minister appealed to the tourists coming down to Goa not to venture into rough waters.
When asked about enforcing a ban on drinking in public places, Sawant said that he has already given directions to the concerned officials to enforce the law. “We want good tourists in Goa and they can enjoy their holidays here. But the government will not allow any drinking in public places including on beaches and at roadsides,” he said.