On the night of 9 September 2018, Mid-Day reports that young sailors of the Indian Navy noticed people gathered at a spot near Mumbai’s Marine Drive. Although it’s a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, the sailors soon found that the reason for the gathering was a drowning man.
The three young sailors: Akash (diver), Dhananjay Seaman (swimmer) and Vishwakarma (Marine Commando), wasted no time to rescue the man who had fallen into the sea. Selfless and prompt, their action helped save a life.
CPR was immediately administered to the man, and after he regained consciousness, the sailors handed him to the local police.
This is not the first time that an unsuspecting victim has been saved from drowning by timely help. This report in The Times of India speaks of the September 1st incident, in which a woman named Deepika Parmar, was sitting on the rocks near Bandra’s Bandstand. She lost her balance when the waves hit the rock, and got dragged into the water.
Thankfully, marshals deployed nearby quickly sprang into action to save her in the nick of time.
The sudden onset of panic in the human body when it is drowning leads to desperate kicks to stay alive. This violent kicking and lashing can sometimes hurt the rescuer, impairing the rescue attempt. Hence, it takes more than selflessness and a lot of bravery to jump into the water to save a life.
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These incidents remind that constant vigilance needs to be maintained, whenever we visit the seaside. Also, tempting fate without knowing how to swim is a death wish. Fortunately, for the people in this story, rescuers were there to give them a fresh lease of life.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)