Kendrapara, Jan 20 (LocalWire) Sabita Giri (15) and Purnima Giri(16) of Nipania village under Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district have been selected for the ICCW National Bravery Dhruva Awards-2019 on Tuesday.
They have been nominated for their heroic rescue operations near river Nipania, a tributary of Mahanadi when their boat capsized near the village of both the girls last year on 2nd January 2019 evening.
Both the girls risked their lives to save 12 people including five children from drowning in river.
They were in their house near the river when they heard shrieks of people drowning and immediately jumped into the crocodile- infested river and swam fast towards them.
Both of them rescued as many people as they could and brought them to safety one after another, said Gita Siddhaartha, the president of ICCW in a press release from New Delhi on Tuesday.
Sabita and Purnima along with 22 children – 10 girls and 12 boys of 12 states have been selected for the National Bravery Award -2019.
The girls said “We are delighted after it was announced that we have been selected to get the prestigious awards”.
“The exemplary courage of both the girls and their presence of mind saved the lives of many people from the jaws of death.
We are delighted that they have been selected to get the prestigious award, said Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, the MLA of Mahakalapada.