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Fisherman awarded on R-Day for rescuing five people

PTI Bhubaneswar | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 28, 2013

A fisherman who saved five persons from drowning in Odisha’s Bhadrak district was honoured with the Dhamra Port Bravery Award on Republic day.

The award was presented by Chief Executive Officer of DPCL Santosh Kumar Mohapatra to Buddhan Maity, a fisherman of Jali Paikasahi village, for rescuing five persons after a boat capsize on September 18 last year.

He was given a citation and Rs 5000 in cash, a release from Dhara Port Company Ltd said today.

CSR Head of DPCL Himansu Shekhar Sahoo said the Dhamra Port Bravery Award would be presented every Independence Day and Republic Day to persons of Bhadrak district who showed exemplary courage and bravery.

This was part of Dhamra Port’s CSR initiative to recognise and honour people with extraordinary talent, skill and courage. PTI SKN was felicitated with a and other prizes for showing exemplary courage and bravery in in Dhamra Port area in Odisha’s Bhadrak district on the occasion of 64th Republic Day celebrations within the port premises,

While a group of 14 pilgrims of Chardia village in Bhadrak district were on their way back from Dhamrai Temple in a country boat the mishap occurred in which three persons had died, it said.

Buddhan was present near the Dhamra fishing jetty when the boat capsized. Hearing about the mishap he jumped into the Dhamra river for rescuing the drowning pilgrims, particularly women and children. He managed to safely rescue five persons that included three small children. In the attempt Buddhan had sustained grievous bleeding injuries and had to remain under medical observation, it said.

On the occasion of Buddhan’s felicitation, secretary of Dhamra Fisherman Assocation PK Jena, representatives of local panchayats and senior officers of Dhamra Port remained present along with the awardee’s family members.

Published on January 28, 2013
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