New Sikh immigrant drowns in California river while trying to save 3 kids

Manjeet Singh first used his turban to try to rescue kids, then rushed into the river

LAST Wednesday (August 4), Manjeet Singh, 29, of Fresno was at California’s Reedley Beach having a good time with relatives and friends when he heard a woman screaming and saw three kids drifting into the swift river, according to news reports.

His brother-in-law, Malkiat Singh, told the media that first Manjeet took off his turban and tried to use it as a rescue rope. When that didn’t work, he rushed into the cold water but was pulled under. His family and friends followed and nearly drowned themselves.

But they managed to rescue two children. However, eight-year-old Samantha was swept away by the current. She remains on life support at a children’s hospital.

Manjeet was found downstream after emergency personnel searched for an hour,

He had come from India just two months ago and had taken his first truck driving class.

Manjeet Singh’s family said that in less than 24 hours, a GoFundMe account raised more than $15,000. By Saturday (July 8) $83,969 had been raised. The money will be used to send his body back to India and help his parents.