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Published: 05 Sep 2017 06:15PM (Singapore)
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Six Recognised for Heroic Rescue at Sentosa Cove
For their quick thinking, courageous and valiant efforts, the six people who helped rescue a man from a sinking car at Sentosa Cove on 25 August 2017 were recognised by the Singapore Civil Defence Force during a ceremony on 29 August 2017.
 
By Jaiesh Sachi

Mr David Roberts, 36, was heading to his yacht at Sentosa Cove when he noticed two Sentosa rangers pursuing a white car. Minutes later, the South African yacht captain arrived at the dock where his yacht was moored and saw the white car floating in the sea.

When he heard the rangers’ call for help, he dove headfirst into the water without hesitation and swam over to the car.

“I managed to reach the car but I couldn’t pull the driver out from the front window. I surfaced and someone passed me a stone which I used to break the rear window and pulled him out of the car,” said Mr Roberts.

Mr Roberts receiving the Community Lifesaver Award from Colonel Alan Chow, Commander of 1st Singapore Civil Defence Force Division during a ceremony at Sentosa Fire Station on 29 August 2017. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

When both were back on land, Mr Roberts, who was formerly a coastal rescue worker in South Africa, began to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the driver, a 36-year-old man.

At the same time, Mr Nicolich Boby Noman, 38 and Mr Mohamad Hasri Bin Mohamad Yoor, 35, who witnessed the situation unfold from their boats, dived into the water to check the car for any other persons who might still be trapped.

“When we saw David bring the driver up, Boby and I realised that David wasn’t able to see if anyone else was in the car because he jumped in without goggles! So we went to check and make sure no one else was trapped,” said Mr Hasri.

For their heroic actions and quick thinking, Mr Roberts, Mr Noman and Mr Hasri were presented with the Community Lifesaver Award by Colonel Alan Chow, Commander of 1st Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Division during a ceremony at Sentosa Fire Station on 29 August 2017.

Back on shore, Mr Ang Chee Boon, 56, who had earlier provided Mr Noman and Mr Hasri with diving equipment, was helping Mr Roberts administer oxygen to the casualty. The marine company operator brought oxygen tanks and diving equipment to the docks upon seeing the car sinking into the water.

Mr Ang Chee Boon receiving the Community First Responder Award from Colonel Alan Chow, during the ceremony at Sentosa Fire Station on 29 August 2017. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

“My boat was docked nearby and when I saw David trying to rescue whoever was trapped, I asked Bobby and Hasri to dive in and help. David was amazing, not many people can free dive so deep without weights and perform such a daring rescue,” said Mr Ang.

Mr Ang was assisted by Ms Lei Zhi Ping, 37, and Mr Leojan Banzuela, 32 who helped to prepare diving gear and steer the safety boat to the area respectively. For their quick thinking and responses at the scene of the incident, the trio were presented with the Community First Responder Award during the ceremony.

Despite his critical role in the rescue, Mr Roberts was quick to credit the efforts of the others, stressing that it was a team effort.

From left to right) Mr Ang Chee Boon, Ms Lei Zhi Ping, Mr David Roberts, Mr Nicolich Boby Noman, Mr Leojan Banzuela and Mr Mohamad Hasri Bin Mohamad Yoor during the ceremony. PHOTO: SCDF

“Everyone chipped in and did our part, once the car went into the water, we all activated and got into it. Things moved smoothly and quickly and we all responded as we were trained to do,” Mr Roberts said.


He also encouraged others to help in whatever way they could during such situations but stressed that such rescues should only be attempted by trained individuals.

“Know your capabilities and limitations and call for help if you can’t help directly. Always try make sure that you’re well prepared before you try to help someone else,” emphasised Mr Roberts.

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