Raden Soemawinata went through an extremely difficult time. At the Brighton Pier in Melbourne should the ashes of his grandmother be scattered in the sea. It was a terrible moment in his life that many of us can relate to. But while he was there, something happened that completely changed the course of the day. He had the opportunity to save a life while saying goodbye to a life. That meant so much to him. A little Maltese shih tzu fell overboard while on the dock. Her name was Bibi and she was so small that strong winds from across the harbor pushed her off the dock and into the water. Her owner, Sue Drummond, was terrified that her precious puppy would drown.
Soemawinata did not hesitate. She stripped down to his underwear and jumped into the water wearing nothing but his underwear and a T-shirt. Drummond, like the rest of the congregation, waited to see what will happen.
Bibi struggled in the water, but Soemawinata caught her and brought her back to the dock. Drummond, who was delighted to find his pet safe, rewarded him with a warm hug. He probably had no idea that this could happen, but one thing is clear. He wouldn’t have stayed long on the dock with Bibi if he hadn’t held on.
Without Soemawinata, the outcome would have been very different. Bibi is a small dog and may not have been able to get to safety. Soemawinata is now considered a hero, and not just because he was in the right place at the right time. He also noticed something and acted. His quick action saved a life and made a dog owner happy.
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