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