For 14-year-old Sagar, his father’s numerous river rescue acts used to sound like legends till he got into one on Sunday evening. He rescued three of the four children from drowning in the Agra Canal in Southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur area.
Sagar had gone to the Yamuna bank to deliver lunch to his father, who operates a motorboat, and was returning home when he saw Pankaj (15), Gaurav (15), Badal (14) and Deepak (16) in the canal, screaming for help.
“I dived into the canal. I pulled Pankaj, Badal and Gaurav out of the water one by one. But it was too late for Deepak. He was gone. I looked for him for around 30 minutes and then went home,” said the Class VII student of a government school in Jaitpur.
Police said Deepak’s body was fished out of the canal on Monday evening.
A police officer said the four boys, who were cousins, were bathing on the stairs of the 12-feet-deep canal, and slipped into it. Just then Sagar was passing by and he heard their screams.
“My father used to take me to the Yamuna to teach me swimming. He used to tell me how he had helped police carry out rescue operations in the area. I always wondered if I was good enough,” Sagar said, resting in the family’s two-bedroom flat.
Sagar’s father Bhola Nath (42) showed two commendation certificates for helping save lives in the Yamuna. “I am glad my son showed the same courage on Sunday,” he said.
The young boy said: “I just love to swim. My father wants me to become a professional swimmer when I grow up.”
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