Two tourists drown to death at Goa beaches while taking selfies, 5th case in 72 hours


Policed in Goa said that two tourists from Tamil Nadu drowned in separate incidents while clicking selfies at popular beaches in the state.


Quoting Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, IANS reported that 28-year-old Dinesh Kumar Ranganathan, from Vellore in Tamil Nadu drowned when he was clicking selfies along with two other tourists near a rocky stretch located next to a creek, which empties into the sea at Baga beach in North Goa. The incident took place on Sunday.

“Three of the group members went to a rocky stretch in the waters. As they were clicking selfies on their mobile phones, a strong sea wave hit them,” Dalvi said.

He added, “Two of them managed to come out after a heavy wave pulled all of them into the sea. However, the third, Dinesh, drowned. The dead body was fished out later.”

The other incident also occurred near a rocky outcrop at Sinquerim beach, also located in North Goa, when a wave pulled 33-year-old Sasikumar Vasan, who was also a native of Tamil Nadu, into the sea. The incident resulted in his drowning.

The police said that the post-mortem examinations in both the cases were complete and the bodies will be handed over to their relatives soon. This is the fifth such incident being reported in the last 72 hours.

The Goa government had last month had issued an advisory asking tourists to refrain from swimming in sea waters along beaches for four months starting from 1 June in view of the incessant Monsoon downpour. The state government usually shuts down beaches for swimming and other water sports activities during Monsoon as the beaches become increasingly dangerous because of high tides.

“Locals as well as tourists have been advised strictly not to venture into the sea or indulge in water sports of any kind over the next 96 hours as the weather and sea conditions are expected to be rough and heavy showers are expected to continue for the next few days,” the advisory had said.


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