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Goan lifeguards to train Mumbai's Kolis in beach rescue

IANS  |  Panaji 

Goan lifeguards will train budding lifeguards in to safeguard lives at seven popular beach stretches in India's commercial capital, a government-appointed beach management agency said on Wednesday.

The beach stretches are Girgaum, Chowpatty, Dadar, Juhu, Versova, Aksa and Gorai, said a statement issued by The agency will work closely with Mumbai's Koli (fisherfolk community) to train them in

has been appointed by the Fire Department under the aegis of the (BMC) for beach safety and in Mumbai, the statement said.

"Our first priority is the recruitment and training of lifeguards. The Goan team has been doing an exceptional service. A team from comprising senior trainers and instructors is now working closely with the Koli community in to train them in rescue services, life-saving techniques and physical fitness," Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Lifesaving, said.

Over 150 lifeguards will be posted on Mumbai's seven beach stretches from mid-December, he added.

"The lifeguards will advise beachgoers and swimmers to adhere to some basic safety measures. Swimmers should ideally swim only in the swim zones which are marked with red and yellow flags by the lifeguards," Shankar said.

He added that non-swim zones would also be marked on the beaches as a caution to beachgoers against venturing into the risky stretches of the sea which are unsafe for swimming.

In 2008, began operations in Since then over 3,000 people have been saved from drowning due to rescue operations by the agency.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:44 IST