Goan authorities warn tourists
from venturing into sea
Panaji (PTI): Tourists
in Goa have been warned from venturing into the sea after a spate of deaths
due to drowning in the state's beaches, police said.
A drive has been undertaken
along Goa's major beaches taking signatures of the tourists who rush in
the sea waters, they said.
"The tourists are asked
to sign on the paper which clearly mentions that they are venturing in
the sea at their own risk," North Goa Superintendent of Police Bosco George
With the monsoons in its
full fury, the sea is choppy and strictly not advisable for a swim.
"Still the tourists don't
pay heed to the warnings and go for a bath. The strong undercurrents pull
them in and they get drowned," Lyndon Monteiro, officer on special duty
to the state tourism ministry, said.
Although the tourist season
is at its comparative low, groups of domestic tourists are seen flocking
on Goa's beaches especially on major stretches of Calangute-Sinquerim-Baga.
The annual Gulab Awards were
held at Gomantak Vidya Niketan in true theatrical style. The function was
held on the birth anniversary of Fr Freddy J Da Costa.
||Calangute beach, termed
as queen of Goa's beaches, has witnessed most casualties this monsoons.
Official figures revealed
that in last couple of months, around 30 people have died due to drowning.
The recent incident is that of two students from D Y Patil Medical college
at Nerul in Navi Mumbai.
"We have installed proper
signages and red flags are planted all over the beaches indicating that
it is not safe for swimming. But still, the tourists venture in," Monteiro
Lawry Travasso sang a
song to pay tributes to the late priest. Commending Fr Freddy’s contribution
to the Konkani language, chief guest Eduardo Faleiro said, “Roman script
is important for international communication, so is Devanagari access to
Indian culture and other languages.”
With melodious songs and
unabashed mimicry presented by various members of the Konkani stage, emcees
Mario Menezes and Apolon Rebello entertained the audience.
Fausto V Da Costa led
Fr Conceicão Da Silva, Bab Premanand Lotlikar, Dr Silvano Sapeco
and Bruno Gomendes to the stage. Fabian Da Costa of ManFa Music managed
things backstage, while Fr Manuel Gomes, president of Gulab trust, Philip
Neri and Tony Dias were spotted having a good time at the event.