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Indian Origin Sikh Drowns While Trying to Rescue Three Children in California River


Manjeet Singh (gofundme.com photo)

REEDLEY, CA – A 29-year-old Indian-origin Sikh man lost his life after he jumped into Kings river, California to rescue three children who were swept away in the water.

As per report, two eight-year-old girls and a 10-year-old boy were playing in the Kings River on Wednesday when they were pulled under a bridge by the current.

Manjeet Singh was visiting Reedley Beach with several relatives and friends Aug. 5 evening when they heard a woman cry for help and saw the children drifting into the river. Singh took off his turban and tried to use it as a rope to pull the children to safety, but when that didn’t work he rushed into the cold water and was quickly pulled under

“He didn’t know them, but just saw them needing help so he jumped in,” Reedley Police Department commander Mark Ediger said.

While two children were pulled out safely, one of the eight-year-old girls has pulled out after remaining underwater for about 15 minutes. She was rushed to the hospital were her condition is said to be critical. The other two children are safe and unharmed.

Unfortunately, Singh drowned while trying to save the children. His body was found underwater after about 40 minutes of search.

Singh came to the United States two years ago from India and recently moved to Fresno to start a trucking business.

He had just started at a truck driving school Aug. 5, and after the training ended he wanted to cool off, so he went down to the Kings River with his brother-in-law to ride jet skis, added the report.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by Malkiat Singh, Manjit Singh’s cousin, his family lives in India. As of Aug. 10, a total of $133,322 had been raised out of a goal of $200,000 goal. Malkiat Singh wrote on the page that all the funds will be delivered to Manjit Singh’s parents.

More information on his GoFundMe page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/manjit-singh-family-help-fund

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