21 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Sabita Giri and Purnima Giri, the brave-heart minor sisters who had risked their lives and managed to save around 10 persons from drowning in the Kendrapara boat-capsize incident are all set to receive the Indian Council of Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Awards 2019.
The sisters recently received an invite from ICCW to attend the awards ceremony to be held in New Delhi on January 26, 2020. They have been asked to come down to Delhi with necessary documents.
The siblings from Nipania village in Kendrapara showed great courage in venturing into the waters, despite night, cold weather and it being a crocodile-infested area. The persons they saved include two women and a few children.
Reportedly on the evening of December 2, around 55 persons from Hasina village of Jagatsinghpur were returning on a fishing boat after a picnic at Hukitola Lighthouse when the boat capsized in Mahanadi river confluence near Nipania village.
The duo’s bravery won accolades from Mahakalapada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and were felicitated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.