Sikh hikers use turbans to rescue men who fell into waterfall pool in Canada

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A group of five hikers in British Columbia removed their turbans and joined them together to rescue two men who fell into a waterfall pool.

The rescue occurred about 6 p.m. on Oct. 11, when Kuljinder Kinda and four of his friends were hiking together in Golden Ears Provincial Park. A nearby group told them that two other hikers were in trouble, India Times reported.

The people who stopped Kinda and his friends initially asked them to call emergency services for help, but they didn’t have cell service, NBC News reported.

When Kinda’s group found the men later on in their hike, they came up with a plan.

Because of their Sikh faith, some of the men wear turbans. So they decided to create a rope out of their turbans and extra articles of clothing. The makeshift rope was about 33 feet long, CBC News reported.

Then, they threw the rope down to the hiker and pulled him up. In a video Kinda shared on Whatsapp, he and his friends can be heard asking each other to make sure the rope is tied together tightly and asking the stranded hiker to hold on tightly as he made his way up the rock.

The other hiker was also rescued.

Kinda, an Sikh electrician originally from Punjab, India, told NBC News that he and his friends weren’t concerned about their own safety during the rescue.

“We just really cared about the safety of the men,” Kinda said.

The group who pulled off the rescue was noticed by the Sikh Community of British Columbia, which commended them for their “quick thinking and selflessness” on Twitter.

The turban, or dastaar, is an important part of the Sikh faith and dress code for many people and can represent values like honesty and integrity, according to the Sikh Coalition of Oregon. Many Sikhs keep their hair long, and the turban may also serve to protect their hair, ABC 10 reported.

Kinda said it’s important to him and other Sikhs to do what they can for others, even if it means taking off the garment.

“In Sikhi, we are taught to help someone in any way we can with anything we have, even our turban,” Kinda told NBC News.

Rick Laing, search manager of Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, said the agency thought what the group did was “very ingenious.”

“I’ve never seen or heard of that before,” Laing told CBC News.

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