VICTORIA, British Columbia: A group of Sikh hikers in Canada used their unraveled turbans to rescue two men who fell into frigid waters below a raging waterfall, which was recorded on video.
On 11th October, Kuljinder Kinda and four friends came upon two men who slipped on rocks and fell into the waters at Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia.
Kinda, an electrician originally from Punjab, India, told NBC News that after coming across the men in the water, his group unraveled their turbans and other pieces of clothing to make a 33-foot makeshift rope to pull the men out.
“We were trying to think how we could get them out, but we did not know how to. So we walked for about 10 minutes to find help and then came up with them idea to tie our turbans together,” he said.
The two hikers, whose names were not released, thanked Kinda and his friends for their quick thinking.
“In Sikhi, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban,” Kinda said, according to NBC.
Robert Laing of Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue said by the time he arrived at the scene, the hikers were already out of the water.
“We spoke briefly with them but only to make sure they were fine and did not require medical aid,” Laing told NBC News, adding that waterfalls are located nearby and “several people are injured each year as a result of slips or falls.”
Laing told the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News the two men who were rescued were in their 20s and said they were lucky to be alive.