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NCC cadets save woman from drowning in Yamuna

The woman fell off the DND flyover. The cadets, who were training in the river, saw her fall and rescued her.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Published: October 25, 2014 12:57:08 am

Three cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) rescued a 42-year-old woman who fell off the DND flyway into the Yamuna on Friday afternoon. Police said the cadets were training in the river and saw the woman drowning.

“Rukmini, a housewife, fell off the flyover around 11.30 am. The NCC cadets, who happened to be in their boats at the time, rescued her and alerted police. An unconscious Rukmini was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre. She is now stable and has been sent home to her family in Noida,” a police officer said.

Vikash, Ashish and Rahul of the 2 Delhi Naval Unit of the Delhi Directorate — the three cadets who rescued Rukmini — were conducting a routine training drill. There were three boats on the river, including one rescue boat. Around 11.30 am, members of the ‘Rescue and Safety boat’, under the command of Petty Officer A K Sharma, spotted Rukmini drowning.

“The rescue boat immediately rushed to the spot. With great tact and presence of mind, the cadets rescued the woman and pulled her into the boat with the help of three cadets. The incident was immediately reported by the (NCC) unit control room,” the NCC said in a statement.

Officers said additional staff and a boat operator immediately rushed to the scene in a second rescue boat. They took Rukmini to the shore and administered artificial respiration. They then called police.

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