11-year-old on sink­ing boat risks life thrice to save mom

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Guwahati: Eleven-year-old Ka­mal Kishore Das braved the strong cur­rent of a swollen Brahma­pu­tra river and put his life in danger by jump­ing into it thrice within 20 min­utes even after safely reach­ing the bank, to save his mother and aunt.

His only re­gret—he could not save a woman and her child even after pulling them to safety.

“I had just pulled out my mother and my aunt when I saw a woman in burqa and a child in her arms strug­gling to stay afloat. I jumped again into the wa­ter and pulled both of them to the con­crete slabs of the pil­lars of a wa­ter reser­voir on the river. Un­for­tu­nately, the child slipped into the wa­ter from the woman’s hands and was swept away by the river. The woman too jumped into the river and I saw her be­ing swept away into the river be­fore I could take an­other jump,” Ka­mal told TOI.

Ka­mal, a class VI stu­dent of St An­thony’s School at north Guwahati, was re­turn­ing home along with his mother and aunt after drop­ping his grand­mother at her home in Guwahati when the ill-fated coun­try boat they were rid­ing cap­sized and sank in the Brahma­pu­tra river.

Peo­ple swim to safety after a coun­try boat cap­sized in the Brahma­pu­tra

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