Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sikh Man's Turban Helps Save Life of Struggling Swimmer near Kamloops, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sikh Man's Turban Helps Save Life of Struggling Swimmer near Kamloops, B.C

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Resourceful rescue saves B.C. woman

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Sikh man in Kamloops, B.C., is being called a hero after he used his turban to help save a woman from the frigid North Thompson River in the province's southern Interior.

Avtar Hothi and his son Paul were working at their family farm in Heffley Creek, just north of Kamloops, on Saturday evening when they heard cries for help.

They rushed to the riverbank to see a young woman struggling to stay afloat in the strong current.

Paul Hothi says they urged her to try to get closer to the grassy riverbank, but with nothing nearby for her to grab, they feared one of them would have to risk a jump into the water.

Hothi says that's when his father pulled off his turban which, when unwrapped, is a nearly three-metre length of cloth. …

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