An Uttarakhand police official is being lauded for jumping into the Ganga to save a drowning man. A video of the incident, shared by Uttarakhand Police on Twitter, shows the cop, Sunny, swimming towards the man who is floating away. Wearing a lifejacket, he makes his way towards the man - identified only by his first name, Vishal - and helps him back to the shore. The incident took place in Haridwar.
According to Uttarakhand Police, the incident occurred when Vishal, a resident of Haryana, went to take a dip at the Kangra Ghat. He lost his balance, fell down, and was swept away by the strong current.
Watch his rescue below:
हरियाणा निवासी विशाल #haridwar स्थित कांगड़ा घाट पर नहाने गया था। तभी उसका पैर फिसला और वह गंगा के तेज बहाव में बहने लगा है। इसी दौरान वहां मौजूद #UttarakhandPolice के जवान #सन्नी की नजर उस पर पड़ी। सन्नी ने तत्काल गंगा में कूदकर युवक को कड़ी मशक्कत के बाद सकुशल बचा लिया। pic.twitter.com/g1qhBYKhlF— Uttarakhand Police (@uttarakhandcops) July 20, 2019
The video has been viewed over 50,000 times and has collected a ton of comments praising the police officer and his bravery.
Salute to you...— Subodhh (@subodhh9879) July 21, 2019
Heavy monsoon rains have raised the water levels of the Ganga. Amid the ongoing Kanwar Yatra, Jal Police and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) teams have been deployed to rescue kanwariyas from drowning in the Ganga in Haridwar, police officials said. Caution boards have also been put up to warn people.