Nikolai Tsukanov, a 16-year-old resident of Kursk, was resting on the Krivets River with his friends. At about 8 o'clock in the evening, when the guys were already going home, Nikolai noticed a man and a woman floating in the water:
- We sailed right next to our bungee, from where we usually jump into the water, because there is a large cliff, and the depth there is about four meters. The man and the woman first swam along the river, everything was fine, and then I noticed that the woman somehow strangely lay on her stomach in the water. I even thought that she was going to dive, because usually people hold their breath so as to stay under water. Then I look, and the man swims around her and tries to push the woman, but at the same time he cannot do anything: she lies face down in the water, and above the water only her back sticks out … The man pushed her for a while, swam again, tried to support her. Later, I only found out that the woman fainted at that moment. As a result, without hesitation, I immediately jumped into the river and shouted at the same time if I needed help. I was not answered, but it was clear that help was needed!
Nikolai quickly swam to them, realized that the woman was unconscious, and her companion was in a panic. I had to do everything myself. The teenager managed to swim to the shore together with the unconscious woman, there they began to help her:
- As it turned out, she did not choke, her heart simply stopped, had a heart attack. So the doctors said later. Fortunately, everything worked out and the woman is alive!
About Nikolay's act it became known later from social networks, friends wrote about it. The relatives of the victim and the mother of the teenager met, told that the rescued woman was doing well now and that she had often fainted for a long time.
Nikolai studied in an ordinary high school until grade 6, and then entered the Perm Presidential Cadet School named after Fyodor Kuzmin, where he learned a lot, including the basics of first aid. But then he moved to the 10th grade of an ordinary Kursk school, and now he works as a counselor in a children's camp near Perm.
- The main thing for me is that all my relatives, friends and parents, so that all my relatives are happy! Also, the main thing is a human attitude towards people, indifference and that there is pleasant communication with people. In the future, I am going to be a lawyer, I will go to university,”Nikolai told the Pride of Russia project.
By the way, 8 kuryans took part in the project, among them the conductor of the Governor's Orchestra Sergei Proskurin, organizer of charity dinners for the homeless Svetlana Kozina, schoolchildren who rescued children and extinguished fires.