An Indian tourist and a German national allege they were bitten by sea snakes, locally called 'hichan', or some other sea creature while swimming off Goa's popular Calangute beach, a lifeguard agency and a hospital told media.
The two incidents occurred off Calangute beach on Tuesday but were not reported to the police.
On Tuesday (3 January) afternoon, an Indian tourist was bitten by a hichan. These sea snakes appear close to the shore during winter and some of them are aggressive and sometimes attack. We gave him first-aid to treat the bite after pulling him out from the seaAmit, Lifeguard, Calangute beach
Amit also added that the lifeguards of the tourist beach of Goa have come across sea snakes or ‘hichan’ in the past few days.
Doubts arising over the credibility of the incident, Prabhakar Pandey, General Manager of the Drishti Beach Management Services, appointed by the Goan tourist Ministry to look into the safety of the visiting visitors to the luxurious beaches confirm that the beach has been a haven for few sea snakes.
The same day the sea snake incident was reported, a German tourist, Clare Arni was bitten by a sea creature, possibly a big fish.
Clare, underwent medical treatment of 28 stitches to sew up the bitten wound on her leg. Clare confirms that she was swimming beyond the breakers at Calangute beach when the attack took place.
"Clare was admitted to our hospital as an OPD (Out Patient Department) case. It was clearly a wound resulting from a bite by a big fish. She was given the required suturing and medication and later discharged from the hospital as she had to leave for Bengaluru urgently," Bosio Hospital in Calangute said.
The state Tourism department under the leadership of Tourism Director Sanjeev Gauns Dessai did not to respond to the queries asked to know if necessary precautionary measure were adopted to prevent the attack of sea creatures on tourists and the local people, Goa being the tourist haven of India.