In view of several incidents of drowning while clicking the selfies, the administration of Goa on Saturday, June 23, declared 24 points as no-selfie zones along the coast of Goa beaches. The decision was taken after the state-appointed lifeguard agency submitted its report. The agency has already marked these areas with red flags and has banned swimming in these danger zones.

As per reports, in north Goa, the lifeguard agency has named Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim, the area between Bambolim and Siridao as dangerous and no selfie zones. While in South Goa, Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh are the red flag areas.

Briefing the matter, an officer said that these red mark zones are dangerous and will have no-Selfie signs. The existing sign boards will be upgraded soon to avoid the drowning incident. The officer also added that pictorial instructions and the emergency number will be provided on the signboards.  The beach authorities have already issued an advisory to the visitors and tourists for not entering the danger zones and during the monsoon. The safety agency has taken the steady steps to controle the cases of drowning.

As per reports, currently, the sea and strong winds are not favourable to swimming in the red flaged zones. “We have marked around 24 places that could be dangerous for water activities and sports. The authorities have put up on all beaches marking them as no swim zones,” said an official.

Another offical reprtedly said that 2 lifeguards are available at every danager point to handle the emergency cases. The Beach Safety Patrol (BSP) moniters every activity and reacts swiftly to every emergency.

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