Lifeguard lessons: Mumbai's Kolis will no longer be at sea in rescue ops
Goan lifeguards will train budding lifeguards in Mumbai to safeguard lives at seven popular beach stretches in India's commercial capital, a Goa 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 Drishti Lifesaving. The agency will work closely with Mumbai's Koli (fisherfolk community) to train them in rescue services.
"Our first priority is the recruitment and training of lifeguards. The Goan lifeguard team has been doing an exceptional service. A team from Goa comprising senior trainers and instructors is now working closely with the Koli community in Mumbai to train them in rescue services, life-saving techniques and physical fitness," Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Lifesaving, said.
"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.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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