Panaji: Inland water bodies, including tourist spots, in Goa will soon be manned by trained lifeguards in the wake of rising instances of deaths due to drowning, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Goa Tourism Department has submitted a proposal to the state forest department seeking its intervention in posting lifeguards at few places, including waterfalls and rivers, where deaths due to drowning are reported.
Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said that Drishti Special Response Services (DSRS), which is providing lifeguard services for the beaches in the coastal state, has agreed to extend their services to these places in hinterland.
The tourist spots like Dudhsagar waterfall and Devil`s Canyon, located in the southernmost areas of Goa, are infamous for deaths due to drowning.
Naik said that the forest department has been asked to prepare a list of such hazard zones.
DSRS which has been guarding the beaches since 2008 has also submitted a separate proposal for providing lifeguards at inland water bodies.
The private firm has also conducted a study of the accident-prone spots like sweet water lake at Arambol, the director said.
Naik said the operations at these hinterlands are difficult and the concerned teams will have to set up their base at places like Dudhsagar waterfall.