MANGALORE: Lifeguards of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project saved Rakesh, a resident of sixth cross, Rajajinagar, Bangalore from drowning at Panambur beach near here on Friday.
He is the 76th tourist that lifeguards of the project have saved since 2008. Rakesh, 19, a student of first PUC at KLE College, Vijayanagar had come to the beach with his friend Hemanth. The incident took place around 11am.
Yathish Baikampady, chief executive officer of the project told that the youths had entered the water in a part of the beach that is notorious for rip currents. The lifeguards asked them to exit the area and they did so. However, just after the lifeguards went to patrol other part of the beach, the youths again entered the sea in the same area and a rip current sucked Rakesh in. The lifeguards, who spotted Rakesh flail in the sea, rescued him and brought him ashore.