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Digha boat injury

A tourist bathing in the sea at Digha was hurt when his right foot got caught in the propeller of a speed boat on Sunday morning - a result of frequent violations of rules by launches which have to pick and drop passengers in empty coastal stretches.

By ANSHUMAN PHADIKAR in Digha
  • Published 4.06.18
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Digha: A tourist bathing in the sea at Digha was hurt when his right foot got caught in the propeller of a speed boat on Sunday morning - a result of frequent violations of rules by launches which have to pick and drop passengers in empty coastal stretches.

Buddhiman Singh, 35, a trader from Inda in West Midnapore's Kharagpur, had arrived in Digha along with two friends for vacation on Saturday. The three were swimming in the sea when the incident occurred on Sunday morning.

Sources said the operator of the errant speedboat had rushed Singh to a hospital and made arrangements for the three friends to return home.

Over 10 speed launches operate at Digha and their operations were ceased for the rest of the day.

People who witnessed the incident said the speedboats operated with impunity and carelessness. Although rules dictate that they pick up and drop passengers only in empty stretches of the coast, the boats regularly wander into the thick of bathing beach-goers to increase their business numbers.

Singh, who was rushed to Digha State General Hospital, received five stitches to the foot.

Additional superintendent of police (rural) Indrajit Basu lamented that this was not the first time such an incident had occurred. "This is the second or third such incident since water sports were made available here more than a year ago. Unfortunately, no one has come forward with a written complaint regarding the same. If they did, then appropriate legal measures could be taken," he said.

Neither boat operators nor the victim could be reached for comment.