A brave man risked his own life by diving into a lake at Jalan Bukit Pasir, Batu Pahat to save three people from a car that skidded and plunged into the water here.
In an interview with Harian Metro, Suzaini Mohd Sadali shared that he was on his way home from Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital with his 12-year-old son when he saw a white Perodua Myvi plunge into Tasik Merdeka and began sinking.
“I was driving in the area when I saw the car skidded and plunged into the lake”
“I stopped my car immediately to check on situation. 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,” he was quoted as saying.
“The driver of the car, a man, was already frantic. When he saw me, he screamed for help and I jumped without a second thought as I could not just leave them there,” he added.
All the victims were saved
Fortunately, Suzaini managed to get the man to the edge of the lake.
According to Utusan, Suzaini said he instructed the two women who got out of the crashed car to wait on the roof of the car before two other members of the public came to help the victims.
“By using a stick, I got them to cling on one by one before bringing them up to the bank,” he explained.
“God willing, we managed to save them and this is an unforgettable experience. This lake is really deep.”
Suzaini added that he does not know how to swim and after rescuing the man, he realised that he was tired and was no longer able to save the other two. But he was grateful that other members of the public arrived in time to pull the two women to the bank of the lake.
Police investigating the cause of the accident
Meanwhile, Batu Pahat district police chief ACP Ismail Dollah said the preliminary investigation found that the driver and the two women, aged between 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 will be investigated under Rule 10 LN 166/59 for failing to control the vehicle while driving.