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Kendrapara Picnic Tragedy: Know The Real Heroes Who Saved Many During Rescue Operation

03 January 2019


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Kendrapara: The Hukitola boat tragedy that claimed the lives of ten people on Wednesday is a shining example of how humanity can make a difference in the society. Soon after the boat capsized, the villagers of Nipania in Batighara panchayat of Kendrapara got together to help in the rescue operation and save as many lives as possible to keep the death toll minimum.

Reportedly on Wednesday, a picnic party of 55 people from Jagatsinghpur were celebrating the dawn of the new year in Kendrapara. They were in a jolly mood and were welcoming 2019 together. Little did they know that a tragedy awaited them at Hukitola. Following a boat capsize tragedy, 10 people among the group were killed while one body is still missing.

After the tragedy occurred, people of the nearby Nipania village emerged as the real heroes. One Budhia alone recovered eight bodies from the river, informed the district collector Dasaratha Satpathy. The villagers formed a sort of human chain and fished out the bodies in very less time. The Sarpanch, Panchayat Samiti members, men, women, youth and Sweccha workers, all joined their hands to help in the rescue operation of 45 people, said Kendrapara MLA Atanu Nayak.

It is commendable that despite that cold weather and presence of crocodiles in the water body, nine bodies were recovered before 1 am in the night. It was a combined effort of police, forest officials, coast guards, cops and the villagers, said Satpathy.

On the other hand, reports stated that the two sisters Sasmita Giri and Purnima Giri also showed unflinching bravery and courage. Hearing screams for help, the duo of the nearby village reached the spot jumped into the cold deep water, despite the water-body being infested with crocodiles.

The two brave girls managed to save around ten persons, including two women and some children, from meeting the watery grave. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too praised the duo's and said, “They (Sasmita and Purnima) are the real heroes of Odisha and represent the bravery and compassion of young Odisha.”

Also Read: Kendrapara Picnic Tragedy: What Caused The Boat To Capsize Killing 10 People?

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Atanu Nayak, MLA, Kendrapara

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Dasharatha Satpathy, Collector, Kendrapara