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Hero cop rescues two boys in runaway raft on fast-flowing Angara River

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 August 2017

Boys, aged 5 and 8, were playing on the raft by the shore when it broke free carrying them downstream in strong current

Both children were returned to their parents by the policeman, a father of one. Picture: Alexander Gusakov

Policeman Alexander Gusakov was on vacation when an alert went out for the missing pair in Tagara village.

The sergeant saw the raft moving away and jumped into his rowing boat to give chase. 

He won praise from Moscow over his quick thinking. 


Policeman Alexander Gusakov was on vacation when an alert went out for the missing pair in Tagara village. Picture: The Siberian Times

'Senior sergeant Alexander Gusakov noticed a raft being carried by a strong current down the Angara,' said Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk.

'He rushed down to the water, took his boat and rowed after the boys for several kilometres. 

'Alexander managed to catch up with the raft and got boys safely into his boat.'

Senior sergeant Alexander Gusakov. Picture: Alexander Gusakov

The boys said that they found a raft belonging to a local logging company, and decided to play on it. 

The raft broke free and the friends said they lost the moment when they could safely jump off to get to shore. 

Angara river. Picture: Alexander Gusakov

The current took them to the middle of the river, which flows out of Lake Baikal. 

Both children were returned to their parents by the policeman, a father of one.

Senior sergeant Alexander Gusakov and his son. Picture: Alexander Gusakov

Comments (4)

Raw facts, that's Inspiring,
Ivan Proskuryakov, Volgograd, Russia
18/08/2017 05:44
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Well done he should be rewarded
Michael Stones, Dublin, Éire
16/08/2017 22:48
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Mr. Alexander Gusakov is a real hero!
William McLean, Copenhagen
16/08/2017 16:13
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three Cheers for Alexander Gusakov! there are still GOOD people around! who put their lives on line to save and rescue others in need. without thinking about their own safety to much or to long, when it might have been to late to react and help
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
16/08/2017 15:04
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