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This sister duo turned saviour during Odisha boat tragedy

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Kendrapara: Bravery on the part of two sisters restricted the toll in the tragic boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river confluence in Odisha’s Kendrapara district to 10 as the duo saved several persons from drowning.

Hearing screams of the victims for help, Sasmita Giri and her sister Purnima Giri reached the spot at a time when the boat had capsized completely.

Despite knowing that the portion of the river was crocodile-infested, the two, braving the deep waters and intense cold wave conditions, jumped into the river in a bid to save the lives of the victims.

The two brave girls managed to save around ten persons, including two women and some children, from meeting the watery grave.

“We rescued as many persons as we could. However, we were saddened to see others drowning to death in the river as they were trapped under the boat which had overturned,” the two sisters said with tears in their eyes.

The ill-fated country boat carrying around 55 persons had capsized in Mahanadi river confluence near Nipania under Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district yesterday. The victims had gone on a picnic and were returning home when the mishap took place.