Several heroes have emerged from Sunday’s tragedy in Morbi. One such hero, Naim Sheikh, himself a victim of the bridge collapse, managed to save around 60 lives.
Naim told reporters that he was among the group of six friends who were enjoying the Sunday evening on the recently renovated bridge when it collapsed. One of his friends died and Naim himself suffered serious injuries.
Speaking to the media from his bed in the Morbi Civil Hospital, he and his friends continued to wade through the water and managed to pull around 60 people to safety. “Six of us had gone there, out of which only five of us survived. I can swim, so, my friends and I together managed to save about 50-60 people. It was heart-rending. I got hurt when I was bringing the people to safety,” Sheikh said.
Eyewitnesses said that there were almost 1,000 people on the bridge when it collapsed. Naim and his friends were in the water for nearly an hour. Despite suffering bruises, they carried on and ensured lives were saved.