Boy rewarded for heroic act
Nipun Dhananjana, 11, who rescued his sister Achini Dhananjana, 9,
from drowning in a 70-foot well in Athuwana, Chilaw was rewarded for his
The girl had fallen head-on into a steep and unprotected well.
Achini had applied soap on her face and when she reached for the
bucket used to draw water, she had accidentally fallen into the well.
Her brother Nipun had untied the rope attached to the bucket and
fastened it to a tree. He had then descended into the well holding the
rope, while the neighbours who had gathered by then, had pulled them
Wayamba Provincial Fisheries, Electricity, Housing and Construction
Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera who heard about the accident, visited
the family and allocated Rs 100,000 from his ministry to build a house.
Minister Perera also set aside money from his personal funds to
construct a protective wall around the well.