Kendrapara, August 27 (LocalWire): Two girls from the riverside Nipania village under Mahakalapada block, Sabita Giri and Purnima Giri, have been selected for the Biju Patnaik Bravery Awards – 2019 for their heroic rescue of people from a capsized boat.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will present the award to them on August 29 on the occasion of National Sports Day.
The award comes with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each and a silver plaque, informed Samarth Verma, the Collector of Kendrapara.
The girls, both of them about to attain 18 years of age, risked their lives to save 12 persons including 5 children from drowning in the river Nipania after the boat carrying the people capsized on January 2, 2019.
The boat carrying the people was returning from Hukitola island after a feast.
The girls who were in their house near the river heard the shrieks of people when the boat capsized and immediately jumped into the crocodile-infested river to rescue the people. They brought the people to safety one by one.
In January 2020, Sabita and Purnima were recognised for their bravery with the National Bravery Award – 2019 in New Delhi.
Talking to LocalWire on Thursday both the girls said, “We are delighted that the state government has selected us for the prestigious award.”
Recalling last year’s boat tragedy, the girls said, “The boat turned turtle in the river, and there was nobody around to help.
When we heard the cries of the people, we just jumped into the river to save them.”
“The exemplary courage of both the girls and their presence of mind saved the lives of many persons from the jaws of death.
We are delighted that they have been selected to get the prestigious award,” said Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, the MLA from Mahakalapada.