Not Just a Bystander: Indian Man Heroically Jumps Into US River to Save Kids, But Drowns in the Process

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Not Just a Bystander: Indian Man Heroically Jumps Into US River to Save Kids, But Drowns in the Process

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Tragedy struck in California on Friday, after an Indian man pulled off a heroic act of kindness, when he tried to save three children from drowning in a river, but drowned in the process.

Manjeet Singh, a 29-year-old man who left India for the United States just two years ago, and had started his own truck driving school only earlier this month, reports said, had gone down to Kings River in Fresno with his brother to ride jet-skis.

There, he noticed that three children — two eight-year-old girls and a 10-year-old boy — who were playing near the river, had gotten sucked under the bridge by the strong currents. Without giving it a second thought, Manjeet jumped in to try and save the children.

Unfortunately, according to bystanders, Manjeet was immediately sucked in by the currents as well. While the three children were later pulled out by bystanders, Manjeet could not be found. Around 40 minutes later, his body was recovered from the riverbed, and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“He went in to try to help them and unfortunately went under pretty quickly and never came back up,” a police officer was quoted as saying.

One of the girls, who spent 15 minutes underwater before she was rescued, was also rushed to a hospital in critical condition, where she was placed on life support. The other two children managed, incredibly, to escape unharmed.

Manjeet’s selfless act has been on the receiving end of a lot of praise on social media, with several pointing out how he didn’t think twice before jumping into the river, displaying in the process, signs of a true hero.

As focus now shifts to the condition of the eight-year-old girl, who is still battling for her life, let’s take a moment to raise a toast to Manjeet Singh, the man who didn’t think twice about risking his own life to save another.