MG Astor of tourists gets stuck on Goa’s beach; Owner booked

Even after strict warnings and multiple actions by the Goan authorities, the tourists do not stop getting their vehicles to the beaches. The Pernem police on Sunday booked the owner of an MG Astor from Kolhapur, Maharashtra for bringing his car to the Morjim beach. The mid-size crossover was stuck on the beach for hours.

A video of the car stuck on the beach has become viral on the Internet. The video was taken by another person visiting the Morjim beach and showed the stuck MG Astor near the shoreline. The vehicle was stuck and could not be moved without external help.

A crowd gathered on the spot and recovered the vehicle. However, we are not sure which method was used to recover the car from the beach. Pernem police have booked 32-year-old Sagar Bapu Savarathkar, who is from Kolhapur.

MG Astor of tourists gets stuck on Goa’s beach; Owner booked

The Police have booked Sagar under Sections 279 and 336 of the Indian Penal Code. Both the sections address the issue of vehicles being driven in a rash and negligent manner thereby endangering human life on the beach. The police will further investigate the case with constable Chandrakant Naik heading the whole procedure.

Many arrested in the past

This is not the first time that a vehicle has gotten stuck on the beach in Goa. Vehicles are not allowed on the beaches of Goa. However, even after multiple warnings from the authorities. There have been multiple incidents where locals and tourists have been arrested by the police for entering beaches with their vehicles.

Only a few months ago, Goa Police made an arrest after a Hyundai Creta got stuck on a beach. The man was driving around on the beach and then ventured deeper into the water. His vehicle then got stuck in the waves. The police also reported the registration number to the local RTO for further action.

Many tourists were arrested by the Goa police in the past for similar crimes. A tourist from Chennai was arrested by the Pernem police of Goa for driving a self-drive rented Maruti Suzuki Swift on the Morjim beach. While the beach was not too crowded, such an activity could have been endangering tourists.

Another tourist was arrested by the police after his Hyundai i20 got stuck on the beach. The cops arrested the man after the sea washed away the rented vehicle.

There have been instances where vehicles of ministers have got stuck on the beaches. It takes massive effort to recover such vehicles from the beaches as the rescue vehicle also faces challenges in the sand.

But what if you really want to take your vehicle to the beaches? Well, there are a few beaches in India that allow private vehicles to enter legally. There is a beach in Kerala, which allows vehicles to enter after an entry fee. Most of the beaches have soft sand that causes vehicles to get stuck. However, Muzapillangad Beach in Kerala has hard sand that ensures that the cars do not get stuck.

Shantonil Nag

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