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Hero; Sikh Man Uses Turban To Save Drowning Teen in Kamloops

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Kamloops residents are calling a Sikh man a hero after he used his turban to rescue a woman adrift in the North Thompson River.

Avtar Hothi and his son Paul were working at their family farm in Heffley Creek on Saturday evening and noticed their neighbour waving them over after hearing cries for help from the riverbank.

The two men ran towards the river and saw a young woman, between 13-15 years old, struggling with the current. She managed to get close to the shore but their was nothing nearby to help reach her.

That’s when Avtar quickly decided to remove his turban. Unwrapped, a typical turban is nearly 3-4 metres in length and was just enough to reach the young woman who caught his toss and was pulled from the water.

“She was kind of in shock, and just freezing, and we didn’t really question her too much. We just kind of helped her and tried to calm her down. One of the neighbours had a blanket, so we grabbed it and wrapped her up and dropped her off at her grandma’s house in Heffley Creek.” Hothi’s son told CFJC.

For Sikh men, showing hair in public is considered improper, but exceptions can be made during  life and death situations adds Paul.


Photo: ChrisGoldNY / Flickr

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