In the unlikely event of an accident, every second counts and decisions committed in a heartbeat’s moment can mean a world of difference between life or death. Fortunately enough for three accident victims, one quick-thinking bystander’s selflessness managed to successfully rescue them from further peril.
M’sian man plunges into Johor lake to save 3 car crash victims from their sinking car
As reported by local newspaper The New Straits Times, the initial accident occurred when a white Perodua Myvi had skidded along a road before veering off into Tasik Merdeka lake in the state of Johor. At the time, 43-year-old factory supervisor Suzaini Mohd Sadali had been driving on his way home to Parit Bayu Emas with his 12-year-old son from hospital, when the crash happened in-front of his car.
Pulling over by the side of the road, he wasted no time in doing what he could in his power to rescue the victims from their sinking vehicle before it was too late.
“I then stopped my car and saw two women, one next to the driver’s seat and another in the rear seat clinging onto the body of the car while crying.” he said.
All rescued without any injuries
Pointing out that the driver was frantic and shouting out for help, Suzaini said that he couldn’t simply leave them there to their fate and jumped into the water to drag him away to safety by the rim of the lake.
He then instructed the two female passengers, who managed to get out of the submerging car on their own, to wait on the top of the wreckage before telling them to cling on to a length of wood that he found to pull them to safety, reports Utusan Malaysia.
“I am grateful that all the victims were saved from drowning. This was a very valuable experience for me.
I do know how to swim, but I didn’t expect this lake to be so deep, and if the victims were not rescued in time, they might have drowned,” he adds.
According to Batu Pahat District Police chief ACP Ismail Dollah, local authorities received word about the accident from a member of the public around 1.30pm. Preliminary investigations revealed that all three victims are friends, and had been on their way from Tongkang Pechah to Batu Pahat. Aged between 25 to 28, none of them suffered from any injuries.
The case will now be investigated under Rule 10 LN 166/59 for failing to control the vehicle while driving.