New Delhi: A Sikh man in Canada saved a teenage girl from drowning by pulling her out of the frigid North Thompson River with his turban.
The 65-year-old Avtar Hothi and his son Paul Hothi were working at their farm on Saturday in Heffley Creek, just north of Kamloops when they heard the girl crying for help. They rushed to the spot and pulled the girl out of the water.
The younger Hothi said he was proud of his father.
“We urged her to try to get closer to the grassy riverbank, but with nothing nearby for her to grab, we feared one of us would have to risk a jump into the water. My father pulled off his turban which was a nearly three-metre length of cloth. We used the turban as a rope and the woman was able to clutch one end when it was tossed to her, and she was quickly pulled from the water.”
Paul said that the woman was in a state of shock and was freezing.
“She was just in shock at the moment we pulled her out of the water. She was freezing basically.(We) quickly covered her up with a blanket to warm her up,” Paul said.
It is improper for Sikh men to show their hair in public, but Paul stated that those rules do not apply if it is a case of life and death.