Enforce rules and regulations

Port Blair
16 Nov 2016

Sir,

My relation Mr. Bhaskaran and family along with 16 persons, in a group came to visit Andamans through M/s Vikram Travels, Khajanghad, Kerala on 8th Nov, 2016. On 10th Nov, 2016 in North Bay, one of the members  of the group, Mr. Jayarajan aged 70 years attracted with Sea Walk and decided to enjoy the adventure. After 5 to 10 minutes training, he went for Sea Walk at 11 a.m. within seconds he developed uneasiness and immediately pulled  out of water. He complained breathlessness and within  no time the rescue team rushed him to G.B. Pant Hospital by speed boat. A tragic incident happened with him and he breathed his last. Myself and the group feel that the accident could have been averted, if the following rules and regulations were strictly implemented on the spot for the tourists  who are venturing into Scuba diving/ Sea Walk as  these are classified as adventurous water sports.

1.      Age limit should be between 18 to 50 years for scuba diving / sea walk and the venturing person should carry a recent medical certificate and should be strictly enforced.

2.      A medical team comprising of a medical officer/ staff nurse along with an assistant trained in first aid should be stationed  at the site (which can be arranged by the tour operators) to give the affected persons an immediate medical attention.

3.      PADI/ NAUI or other recognized certificate persons should be there at the spot to handle the tourist who would like to venture in these kind of adventurous water sports.

Adherence to  this may minimize risk factors while venturing into these adventurous water sports.

Yours sincerely,

K.P. Mohandas

Out boards Enterprises,

Dollygunj