The Yamuna Rescue Club saved two young lives from drowning in 24 hours on Sunday and appealed to people to not give in to the tempt of swimming in the river in monsoon.
“When the call was made in the evening, the rescue operation began and the two men were saved on time. However, it was a very stupid thing to do, especially with partial rain all over the city, the river is overflowing and its fow is irregular,” an of the YRC says.
“Within seconds, they found a ditch and got stuck in the heavy flow of the Yamuna river. The recent rains in Delhi have caused the Yamuna river to overflow and going for a swim, that too in the evening, is mostly a suicide call,” he adds.
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The official further says that despite their repeated requests, swim enthusiasts don’t pay heed to their warnings.
Prem Prajapati (20) and Sachin (23), residents of the Barola sector 49, were rescued from Kalindi Kunj and are currently out of danger.
Rescue diving is one of the “riskiest” professions, yet the most thankless one as the nameless saviours live a life with no credit for their immense contribution to the society.
Yet it doesn’t receive enough praise for the good it provides for society. Rescue divers become the target of the public’s indignation, but it doesn’t stop them from performing their duties.
In an interview, Harish Kumar, in-charge of Rescue Boat Club, a Delhi government agency responsible for those who fall in the Yamuna river, had said,”“We don’t get awards, no news specials are made for us; and we don’t get the respect that any other government servant would get.”
Kumar has 30 men working under him in three different shifts that carry out rescues when called. They also search for and recover the bodies of people who have drowned or been trapped in bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, rivulets, and drains all year long, especially during floods.
“We put in a lot of effort to save individuals, but we still don’t get enough recognition, and occasionally we have to deal with public outrage and end up needing to call the police for protection,” he reveals. He goes on to say that they are not looking for extra rewards, but some credit where it’s due will lift the morale of the rescue divers.