Malappuram, May 31: It was a momentary response from Jaisal, one among the many volunteers who thronged the flooded areas in different parts of Kerala to rescue the stranded ones in the unprecedented floods in August last year.
But the manner in which Jaisal reacted while women in Muthalamadu in Vengara found it difficult to board the boats that came to rescue them made him hero.
There was no time to waste as the water level was rising but the women and children found it difficult to enter the boat. Jaisal was quick to bend himself and offer his back for the women and children to step on and get into the rescue boat.
The extraordinary moment was captured in the lens and went viral in the social media. And, obviously Jaisal was one among the few heroes of the August flood relief operations, who also happened to be one among the many fishermen who came forward to get involved in the rescue operations across the State.
The unique gesture of offering his back for women as a footstep by Jaisal was duly recognised post the flood fury. Jaisal and a ten-member team had rescued hundreds of people in their boats from remote locations in Parappanagadi. They had also recovered about a dozen bodies from the flood affected area in Muthalmadu.
Thanks to the momentary action of Jaisal, the video of this rare gesture changed his life. A fisherman and trauma care volunteer in Parappanangadi near here, Jaisal has been rewarded with a 1100-sqft two-storey house by the Sunni Yuvajana Sangham (SYS), the youth wing of the Sunni Jamayathul Ulema, in Parappanangadi. Jaisal family comprising his wife and three children has moved to the new house. (UNI)