Ramakanta Biswas

Puri: Timely action by lifeguards saved the lives of two brothers who were swept away in Puri Sea while taking bath today.

According to sources, the two brothers hailing from Khordha were bathing in the sea near Digabareni Khunti when they were swept away by high tide. The intensity of the current was so high that the duo was dragged 200 metres into the sea.

Manikam Gangeri, a lifeguard present at the spot immediately jumped into the sea and managed to reach the drowning siblings. Soon after another lifeguard joined Manikam and they brought the brothers to safety. After preliminary treatment, the siblings are stable now, informed sources.

One of the siblings, Padmalochan Senapati thanked the lifeguards and said they would not have survived, had the lifeguards not rescued them on time.

"We were taking bath when high tide hit us and we slipped into the deep waters. When we screamed for help, the lifeguards rushed to our rescue. We are grateful to them," said Padmalochan.

Lifeguard, Manikam Gangeri, said, "I was warning them not to go into the sea due to high current, but they ignored me. Later, I learned that they were swept away. I immediately went into the sea and rescued them with the help of another lifeguard. They are stable now."

(Edited By Bikram Jena)

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