The Goa tourism department is planning to ban swimming in the sea post sunset and after consumption of alcohol after considering the incidents of drowning along the state’s beaches. Three cases of drowning while swimming were reported in last one week. This has caused concerns over the safety of tourists at the beaches.
Two Ahmedabad-based students drowned at Candolim beach in north Goa in the early hours on Thursday. Recently, two other persons drowned while swimming along the Candolim-Calangute beach stretch near Panaji in two separate incidents.
Post the fatal incidents, a private lifeguard agency overseeing the beaches issued an advisory against swimming. Markedly, all these latest incidents happened after sunset when the beaches were not manned by lifeguards.
“The government has taken cognisance of the recent incidents of death of tourists who ventured into the sea after sunset and under the influence of alcohol,” a spokesperson of the state tourism department said.
The department has initiated a process to form a strict law to ban swimming in the sea after sunset. “The law would be enacted to prohibit swimming in the sea after sunset or after consumption of alcohol,” the spokesperson said.