Pinoy Risks His Life to Rescue an Elderly Man from Drowning in Saudi Arabia

37 year old David Balendo risked his life to rescue to elderly who was trapped inside his car in Jedah. [Image Credit: Saudi Gazette]
37 year old David Balendo risked his life to rescue to elderly who was trapped inside his car in Jedah. [Image Credit: Saudi Gazette]

A Filipino has been hailed a hero after he saved an elderly man from nearly drowning. The elderly man was trapped in a flood in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after heavy rains.

A video of the incident last Tuesday, which went viral in social media, gained praises for the Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who risked his life and braved the murky water when even the rescuers from the city were hesitant to do.

Pinoy Hailed a Hero

The Filipino, who was identified as David Balendo, was a driver working overseas and was one of the onlookers of the Civil Defence, waiting for the rescuers to rescue the elderly man who was trapped inside a submerged car.

[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
When the officers already hesitated to step into the flood, Balendo quickly jumped into the water and made his way to the man and brought him to safety.

I saw the man trapped in the water. I did not hesitate, I left the car I was driving and rushed to save him. Civil defense men were watching me saving him.

[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
[Image Credit: Saud AL_Otaibi/Youtube]
After he rescued the victim, Balendo was told by the rescuers that they were just waiting for the flood water to subside before they rescue the old man.

However, Balendo cannot stand seeing the man in danger and do nothing about it. He cannot stand watching someone lose his life right in front of his eye.

I knew I had to jump and brave the floods in order to save ‘Baba’.

[Image Credit: قناة المواطن/Youtube]
[Image Credit: قناة المواطن/Youtube]
According to Kicker Daily, the Interior Minister already ordered an investigation on the incident. He wanted a thorough explanation as to why the officers of the Civil Defence failed to save the lives themselves and still waited for someone to do the deed.

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Filipinos are known to be friendly, courteous, and helpful. What can you say about the video? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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