A man is being hailed for his bravery after he saved three passengers from a car that had crashed into a lake in Batu Pahat, Johor, on January 17th this year.
Acting on instinct
Factory supervisor Suzaini Mohd Sadali, 43, and his son, Muhammad Haziq Asyraf, 12, were travelling home from the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital when they saw a white Perodua Myvi drive into Tasik Merdeka and start to sink.
He told Harian Metro, “”At the time, I was driving through the area and saw the car crash into the lake.”
Alarmed at this sight, he pulled over and spotted two women sobbing and clinging to the car’s body, one next to the driver’s seat and the other in the back seat.
Suzaini recounted that the driver of the Myvi was frantically yelling for help, which caused him to instinctively jump into the lake.
He was able to drag the male driver to the side of the lake
Suzaini told Utusan Malaysia that he had directed the two women to sit on top of the car after they exited the wrecked vehicle before two other men intervened to rescue them.
“By using a stick, I ordered them to cling on one by one before being brought up to the bank.
“Alhamdulillah, we managed to save them, and this is indeed an unforgettable experience,” he was quoted saying after the whole incident was over.
According to him, the lake at Taman Merdeka is in fact quite deep, serving as a local hotspot for jogging and recreational activities.
The factory worker revealed that he does know how to swim and often goes fishing at the lake.
However, “After rescuing the man, I realised that I was tired and I was no longer able to save the other two,” he admitted to Berita Harian.
He was relieved that other bystanders had shown up in the nick of time to help the two women get to the lake’s bank.
According to a statement from ACP Ismail Dollah, the police chief in Batu Pahat, they were informed about the incident around 1.30 p.m. by members of the public.
Dollah reported that preliminary inquiries revealed that the driver and the two women, aged 25 to 28, were travelling from Tongkang Pechah to Batu Pahat.
“The man lost control of the car before it skidded and went straight into the lake on the right side of the road.
“But with the help of the public, the three victims were able to get out before the car sank,” he said in a statement.
They were all fortunate to escape without any serious harm.
According to a video in the comments section of the Facebook post, it seems as if the white Myvi may have had a problem with its gearbox.
It was recorded zooming across the road before plunging off the street and into the lake.
This claim is currently being investigated under Rule 10 LN 166/59 for failing to maintain control of the vehicle.
Netizens praised Suzaini’s and the other kind souls’ courageous and noble actions.
He was even dubbed a national hero!
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