"Unforgettable Experience" – Man Rescues 3 People From Drowning After Car Plunges In Lake
Suzaini was on his way home with his son when he witnessed a Perodua Myvi plunge into Tasik Merdeka and begin sinking.
A man is being praised for his bravery after he rescued three people from a car that had plunged into a lake in Batu Pahat, Johor, yesterday, 17 January
Suzaini Mohd Sadali, 43, was on his way home from the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital with his 12-year-old son, Muhammad Haziq Asyraf, when he witnessed a white Perodua Myvi plunge into Tasik Merdeka and began sinking.
"At the time, I was driving through the area and saw the car crash into the lake," he was reported as saying by Harian Metro.
"When I stopped my car, I saw two women, one next to the driver's seat and another in the rear seat, clinging onto the body of the car and crying."
The driver of the Myvi was frantically shouting for help, Suzaini said, making him jump in the water without a second thought
"I managed to get a hold of the man and pull him to the edge of the lake," the factory supervisor recounted.
When contacted by Utusan Malaysia, he said that he had instructed the two women who got out of the crashed car to sit on top of the car before two other members of the public came to help the victims.
"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. This lake is really deep," he was quoted as saying yesterday.
"I do know how to swim and this lake is also where I often go fishing. After rescuing the man, I realised that I was tired and I was no longer able to save the other two," Berita Harian reported Suzaini as saying.
He was grateful that the other members of the public arrived in time to pull the two women to the bank of the lake.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the cause of the incident
Batu Pahat district police chief ACP Ismail Dollah said preliminary investigations found that the driver and the two women, all between the ages of 25 and 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.
No injuries were reported, and the case is being investigated under Rule 10 LN 166/59 for failing to control the vehicle while driving.