Kash­mir boat­man saves three tourists, drowns try­ing to re­trieve bag Age­less Le­an­der Paes set for record 7th Olympics at Rio

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Ab­hishek Saha ab­hishek.saha@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sharmistha Chaud­huri let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A Kash­miri boat­man saved three tourists from drown­ing in the Jhelum in Srinagar but was him­self swept away af­ter he was al­legedly forced to jump back into the river to re­trieve their bag, po­lice said on Satur­day.

How­ever, the body of the sixty-year-old boat­man, iden­ti­fied as one Ghulam Mo­ham­mad Guroo, was un­traced till Satur­day, a day af­ter a team of In­dian Navy divers joined the search op­er­a­tions.

Po­lice quoted eye­wit­nesses as say­ing that the boat cap­sized dur­ing a cruise on the river on Wed­nes­day evening. Af­ter sav­ing the three tourists, Guroo dived back and even got hold the bag but could not swim back to the bank due to ex­haus­tion.

The uniden­ti­fied tourists, whom other boat­men claimed to have seen coax­ing Guroo to re­turn to the river, al­legedly left the spot in a hurry.

Boat­ing on the iconic Dal Lake and the Jhelum on small boats pop­u­larly known as ‘shikaras’ is a must-do for thou­sands of tourists who visit the scenic Kash­mir val­ley every year, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mers.

Le­an­der Paes will make a record sev­enth Olympic ap­pear­ance at Rio, the coun­try’s ten­nis body said on Satur­day, end­ing days of un­cer­tainty over the fate of the iconic player who has won 18 Grand Slam ti­tles. Paes, 42, will pair up with Ro­han Bopanna in the men’s dou­bles at the Olympics, the All In­dia Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Anil Khanna said af­ter a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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