Earlier this month, a video showing 5 Sikh men using their turbans as a makeshift rope to save 2 hikers from drowning near the Golden Ears Park in British Columbia went viral. The friends Ajay Kumar, Arvindjeet Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Kuljinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh pulled off the dramatic rescue by tying their turbans and jackets together to make a 10 meter-long makeshift rope.
The rescuers received special commendations from the Ridge Meadows RCMP and the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for their heroic act Tuesday morning. All five of them are in their 20s and are current or former international students were presented with a special coin and a community leader award by Ridge Meadows RCMP Supt. Also Read: Who Is Anita Anand, The New Indian-Origin Defence Minister Of Canada?
At the time of the incident, Ridge Meadows search and rescue manager Rick Laing said one of the men, who appeared to be in his 20s, had slipped on some slick rock and fell into a pool above the Lower Falls. However, it is not clear how they fell inside the pool.
The two men couldn’t get themselves out of the fast-moving water and asked them to call for help, but there wasn’t cellphone service. So the group of Sikhs took off their turbans and other pieces of clothing to make a makeshift rope to save the men
Kuljinder Singh, one of the five Sikhs said, “In Sikhi, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban”. Adding to this, he said that he was afraid for his own life during the rescue. “We just really cared about the safety of the men.” Also Read: Chappar Chiri War Memorial, A Heritage Site To Become A Tourist Spot Soon!
Gurpreet Singh, another one of the rescuers said the men have received international media attention. "That's a really good thing for us and our religion," he said. "We got a lot of appreciation in our [home] country as well." This selfless act by the five has not only brought limelight to the group but even strengthens people’s trust in the Sikh community.