Sikh hikers used their turbans to save 2 men trapped in waterfall pool

Sikh hikers used their turbans to save 2 men trapped in waterfall pool

10/20/2021 12:20:00 AM

Sikh hikers used their turbans to save 2 men trapped in waterfall pool

“In Sikhi, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban,” hiker Kuljinder Kinda said.

on their trail when the pair unexpectedly fell into a pool below a waterfall.Kuljinder Kinda and his four friends were hiking in Golden Ears Provincial Park on Oct. 11 when a group nearby told them two men had slipped on a slick rock, fell into a pool above the lower falls and could not pull themselves back to safety.

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Video of last week's incident is now being shared widely after Kinda posted his recording on WhatsApp and it made its way to hiking channels.Kinda said the people who stopped to help asked them to call emergency services, but they didn't have cellphone service. That’s when they came up with the idea to create a rope out of their turbans, one of five articles

worn by Sikhsas a headdress usually made of cotton that protects their uncut hair.Kuljinder Kinda, left, and his friends at Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia on Oct. 11, 2021.Courtesy Kuljinder Kinda“We were trying to think how we could get them out, but we didn’t know how to,” Kinda, an electrician originally from Punjab, India,

who is Sikh, told NBC Asian America. “So we walked for about 10 minutes to find help and then came up with the idea to tie our turbans together.”Kinda and his friends removed their turbans and other articles of clothing to securely knot the fabric together and create a 10-meter (about 33 feet) makeshift rope to safely pull the two men back onto the trail. After making the rope, they threw it down to the men and instructed them to tighten it before pulling themselves up.

"In Sikhi, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban," Kinda said. Read more: »

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