In an inspiring and heart-warming incident in British Columbia, five hikers used their turbans to rescue two persons who, after an unexpected fall, were stuck in a pool below a waterfall.
This incident happened in Golden Ears Provincial Park when Kuljinder Kinda and his four friends were hiking there when they came to know about two men who had fallen in the pool after slipping and were unable to pull themselves out.
Most of the onlookers were trying to reach the emergency services for rescuing the two but due to connectivity issues were not able to reach them. The five friends couldn’t just be mute spectators and they thought about making a rope out of the turbans they were wearing.
5 Sikh men used their turbans to rescue a hiker who fell down the Golden Ears Lower falls in British Columbia. Salute! pic.twitter.com/LF55e31JNV
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Talking to NBC Asian American, Kinda who is an electrician said: “We were trying to think how we could get them out, but we didn’t know how to. So we walked for about 10 minutes to find help and then came up with the idea to tie our turbans together.”
Quickly removing their turbans and other clothing articles like jackets etc, Kinda and his friends tied them with knots to make a rope. The makeshift rope 10 metre in length was thrown to the two men. They were asked to use the rope to pull themselves up while the friends held the rope tightly.
The video of this incident which has gone viral across different platforms is being appreciated by the viewers with people commenting about the rescuers quick thinking and heroism.
Kinda later remarked: “In Sikhism, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban.” Stating that they were not scared about themselves and instead concerned about the stuck men, he added: “We just really cared about the safety of the men."
The two rescued men thanked Kinda and his friends profusely before leaving.
The manager at Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Robert Laing, who was on duty on reaching the scene, found the hikers had been already rescued. Stating that he was impressed by what Kinda and his friends did, he said: "We spoke briefly with them (two hikers) but only to make sure they were fine and did not require medical aid.”
British Columbia’s Sikh community of British Columbia shared the video on Twitter and said, “Kudos to these young men for their quick thinking and selflessness.”