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Kamloops man who used turban to save drowning girl receives lifesaving award

Avtar Hothi at the 105th annual Commonwealth Awards for Honour and Rescue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Lifesaving Society BC and Yukon
March 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops farmer who has been hailed a hero by neighbours has been formally recognized for saving a teenaged girl's life last summer.

The Lifesaving Society B.C. and Yukon branch has awarded Avtar Hothi the Silver Medal for Merit which acknowledges meritorious service in saving lives.

Hothi received his award at the 105th annual Commonwealth Awards for Honour and Rescue on March 18. The Lifesaving Society praised Hothi for his quick thinking actions and rescue last summer.

On June 25, 2016, Hothi's neighbours Nicole Mulcahy and Betty Timuss heard a young girl screaming for help from the North Thompson River. They ran out of their Heffley Creek home and found Hothi and his son.

The women told Hothi someone was drowning in the river. Hothi, a practicing Sikh, acted quickly and didn't think twice about taking off his 10- to 12-foot long turban to throw to the girl in distress.

She was pulled to shore safely by Hothi, who then drove her home after the ordeal.

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