Helicopter Saves Beach-Goer Swept Out To Sea By Cyclone

This is the moment a beach-goer is airlifted to safety by a rescue helicopter after he was swept out to sea during a tropical storm.

Story By: Lee BullenSub-Editor: Joseph Golder; Agency: AsiaWire Report;

Video Credit: AsiaWire

The incident took place off the coast of Cabo de Rama in the south-western Indian state of Goa and was filmed by witnesses who shared the footage on social media.

According to reports, Cyclone Vayu has battered parts of western India with high winds and heavy rain, particularly in the state of Gujarat, and rescue teams were at the ready.

The high waves swept the man into the sea off the coast of Goa and the Indian Coast Guard reacted quickly to track him down and lift him to safety.

He was said to have been on the beach at Cabo de Rama at the time despite the fact that the authorities in Goa had closed parts of the coast for swimming after heavy rain was predicted.

Reports said that the beachgoer was battling strong waves and was being pulled further out to sea by the time the rescue helicopter arrived to his position.

In the video footage, the unnamed man is seen being slowly winched upwards towards the chopper, hovering just above the choppy waves.

There have been no further updates on his current condition.

Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are all types of tropical storms but are given different names depending on where they appear. Cyclones are the name for storms formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

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