Hemmady, July 24: Risking her life, a brave girl saved her sister from drowning in the swollen river. The incident took place on the banks of river Souparnika near Salageri Village on July 20th.
The brave lass is Jyothi Marathi who saved her younger cousin Mamatha Marathi from drowning.
Sources said, on July 20th, Jyothi had been to her school along with Mamatha and three other friends. After crossing the river Souparnika, they came to know that the school had declared a holiday due to heavy showers. On the previous day, it had rained heavily due to which the rivers were swollen. While returning home Mamatha slipped and fell into the overflowing river.
As it was a forest area, and there were no houses nearby, there were no chances that they could get others help. Hence, immediately Jyothi dived into the river and managed to catch hold of Mamatha, but found it too difficult to bring her back to the river bank due to the strong force of the water. Due to the force of water, the girls were dragged two hundred meters away from the original place.
After struggling a lot, Jyothi brought Mamatha back to the river bank. Jyothi and Mamatha suffered minor bruises and were treated at a local hospital.
Both the girls are students the high school run by Kollur Shree Mookambika temple. Jyothi is a 10th standard student while Mamatha is a 9th standard student. The school management has told the parents not to send their children to school on days of heavy rains and when the rivers are flooded.
A few months ago, Mamatha had undergone an open heart surgery. She is presently taking rest at home.
Jyothi’s brave deed is appreciated by all.