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16 water sports accidents seen in past 14 months | Goa News – Times of India

Panaji: At least 16 water sports-related accidents were reported at various beaches in Goa over the last 14 months, with the highest number occurring at South Goa’s Palolem beach. Although no casualties were reported, some tourists and locals on the shore were injured as a result, the state-appointed lifeguarding agency, Drishti Marine, said.
A majority of the accidents were reported during boat rides, paragliding and kayaking. Seventeen of the 20 injured were tourists. Among them was an 84-year-old German tourist who was walking on the Betalbatim beach when a paragliding operator, who was attempting a landing, collided into him.
“The tourist lost three fingers because his hand was caught in a revolving blade of the craft,” operations head of Drishti Marine, Navin Awasthi, said. Lifeguards managed to retrieve one of the dismembered fingers and placed it in an ice packet before the injured man was taken to a nearby hospital.
In another incident that occurred at the same beach, a 27-year-old woman, who was preparing to take off on her parasail, sustained injuries after she fell to the ground due to a malfunction. “The woman had a cut on her leg and complained of acute spinal pain,” Awasthi said.’
Accidents have also been reported from the Candolim, Agonda, Arambol and Baga beaches.
Besides rescuing swimmers in trouble, lifesavers deployed on Goa’s beaches are trained to administer first aid and transport the injured to the nearest health facility for speedy medical intervention. In one instance a few months ago, however, a tourist from Mumbai took ill while enjoying water sports at Baina beach, and died of a cardiac arrest while being transported to hospital.
“Water sports-related accidents often result in severe wounds and heavy bleeding, which makes it critical to stop blood flow and transport the injured to the nearest hospital,” Awasthi said.
While most water sports operators take due precautions, a stakeholder said cut-throat competition has pushed some operators to employ people who are not well trained.
Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte’s attempt to introduce a water sports policy to reportedly streamline water sports activities was objected to by some operators who felt that their interests were not protected in the policy.

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