Chabad Shliach Saves Drowning Victim in India

Rabbi Bakush tending to the drowned man, Tuesday. (United Hatzalah)

On Tuesday, Chabad shliach Rabbi Menachem Bakush, who is also a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, was called upon to save the life of a local Indian man who drowned in a nearby village named Majach.

Rabbi Bakush, who lives in Manali, keeps a fully stocked medical kit with him wherever he goes. He rushed over to the village and began performing CPR on the young man. After an intense bout of CPR Bakush was successful at restoring the man’s pulse and he revived at the scene while they were waiting for transportation to arrive.

“I often get called by local people here in Manali or neighboring villages to assist when medical emergencies occur,” Bakush admitted. “My mission is to help others and that is exactly what I am doing,” he added. “Even though the incident was somewhat far from Manali, I went and I managed to save this man’s life, thank G-d.”

Rabbi Bakush has been the local Chabad shliach in Manali for the past five months. He and his family will be staying for another month before returning to Israel.