Mumbai: 79 Rescued Off City's Coast Since January 2022

79 rescued in 47 separate incidents over the last six months.

Mumbai: 79 Rescued Off City's Coast Since January 2022

Since the start of 2022, a total of 79 people have been rescued from the seas off the coast of the six beaches - Girgaum, DadarJuhuVersova, Aksa, and Gorai – where Drishti's lifesavers patrol the beaches and manage beach safety services. The rescues took place in 47 separate incidents, many of which involved double and triple rescues.

Drishti Lifesaving was appointed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) in January 2019 to provide lifeguarding services and manage beach safety at the six popular beaches along the Mumbai coast which witness high footfalls.

The highest number of incidents in the last six months have been reported in Aksa which saw 38 incidents followed by Juhu with 35 incidents, Versova had seven incidents while Gorai had four. Dadar and Girgaum witnessed three incidents and one respectively. Despite efforts from the lifeguards, five individuals succumbed to the waters.

A total of 35 individuals between the ages of 13 to 18 years were involved in incidents so far. 17 individuals were from the age group of 19 to 25 years of age, while 17 were below the age of 12 years.

In the last six months, three people were assisted to safety while first aid was administered to one individual across the beaches.

Over the last three years, the collaborative efforts of BMC, MFB and Drishti Lifesaving have led to active prevention efforts and swift rescue services along the coast.

“Working with the BMC has been a pleasure, they have been extremely proactive in their approach to beach safety. Safer beaches usually lead to more visitors and we are actively working with the BMC to ensure that Mumbai’s beaches continue to remain up to the highest standards. The biggest focus is on preventing people from getting into trouble, and ensuring they can enjoy the beaches safely," said Navin Awasthi, Operations Head of Drishti Lifesaving.

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