Udupi, June 19, 2015: Life Guards at Malpe beach appointed to save lives of tourists are suffering from lack of manpower and equipment.
Monsoon has intensified and force of tides is at of waves have increased. Waves trouble huts built on the shore.
In spite of rain, hoardes of visitors are seen on the beach. Life Guard was started after several drowning incidents at the beach. Despite warnings not to enter the sea water, tourists are ignorant of danger. Malpe beach stretches for three km from Tebma Ship Yard to Thottam and safety of visitors is the life guards chief aim.
Six life guard members are in a small kiosk at one end of the beach. They have handmike, lifebuoy equipment, binocular, and first-aid box. Malpe Development Committee has provided them with loudspeaker and pays them for work from 6 am to 8 pm.
They keep warning visitors from venturing into the sea and make important announcements through loudspeakers. Yet, it is not possible for them to travel for three-km stretch to look into safety. In spite of announcements through loudspeakers, many tourists turn a deaf ear. Also their equipment is very poor.
The life guard expressly stated hundreds visit the beach daily. At least 12 life guards minimum are needed. We also require boat to save tourists from drowning. We do not even have torch to work during poor light. In spite of all the shortcomings life guards save lives frequently.
The maintenance of Malpe beach has been entrusted to private agency. We can only warn tourists from entering into water. We cannot prevent them from entering into water. Additional equipment will be looked into said Udupi DC Dr. Vishal.