The lifeguard Johnson Gabriel, who was stationed at the Shangumugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram, had sacrificed his life to rescue a drowning woman.

Kerala CM announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for lifeguard Johnson Gabriel killed on duty
news Death Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:26

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday announced Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the family of the deceased Thiruvananthapuram life guard Johnson Gabriel. The CM also offered a job in the state Tourism department to Johnson’s wife, based on her qualifications.

Johnson Gabriel’s body was found washed ashore near the Valiyathura beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

The 42-year-old life guard had passed away while attempting to save a drowning woman on August 22. Johnson has worked as a lifeguard for the past 13 years under the state Tourism department. About a month ago, he was shifted to the Shangumugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram from Kovalam beach where he had been stationed for a very long time.

The lifeguard had gone missing on Wednesday evening from the Shangumugham beach where he was on duty. According to reports, the 42-year old had swam into the ocean to rescue a woman who had dived in a suspected suicide attempt. While Johnson succeeded in saving her life, he was swept away by a strong wave shortly after. A two-day search was undertaken before Johnson’s body was retrieved from Valiyathura.

According to reports, Johnson’s body was spotted by a search party of the Vizhinjam coastal police. The team reportedly found the body near the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) godown at Valiyathura.

The body was reportedly recovered by Friday afternoon and was transported to Vizhinjam in a boat by the team. 


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