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Odishatv Bureau

Berhampur: Thanks to the OTV team for whom the life of a youth from Uttar Pradesh was saved.

Reports said seven youths from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, during their visit to Odisha, had arrived at Gopalpur this morning. Soon after their arrival, they had gone to the beach for a bath.

While taking bath, one of the youths, Situ Kumar was dragged by the strong sea current. As he could not swim towards the beach, he waived his hands for help.

Fortunately, the OTV team, present at the beach, immediately informed two life guards Titi Babu and Kali Shankar. Following information, three life guards rushed towards the hapless youth and rescued him.

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The rescue operation took nearly half-an-hour.

“I had never gone deep into the sea for a bath. I don't know how I was pushed to the deep waters away from the beach. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the life guards and the OTV team for whom my life was saved,” said Situ soon after his rescue.

"The youth was pushed to a distance of about two km from the beach. Following information by the OTV team, three life guards including myself rushed towards with life jackets and rescued him from drowning," said Titi Babu, a life guard.

He also said the life guards had earlier warned the youths not to go deep into the sea. "But they ignored our advice saying there will be no problem as all of them know swimming," he added.

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