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Saving someone's life

Unread postby Mergpijp » 8 January 2019, 02:23

Hi all,

Ok this might not be a real gayforum topic, but the reason why I post it here is to open my heart and hopefully feeling better after this cause it's really devastating me (there are not much people to share this with).

So as some of you know, I'm a Dutch guy living in Australia for a couple of months because of school. Last weekend a Dutch classmate came to visit me for a weekend (he did his internship in Auckland, so was nearby). We went on a roadtrip this Saturday to Jervis Bay (famous because of it's amazing beaches, definitely worth a visit when you're nearby!) and on the way home we crossed Royal National Park, a National Park nearby Sydney.

We crossed a bridge and my mate asked me if we should stop for a picture, the nature was amazing there! He stopped the car and I was about to open the door until he said 'Rob, there's driving a car in the water!'. I watched behind me and yeah; I saw a car driving in the water. At first I didn't really realize what was going on. Sometimes you read those things on the news that people jump into the water to save someone and now you're in it yourself.

After like 2 seconds of trying to realize this I opened the door, undressed myself and ran as a crazy person to the water. I saw an Indian guy on the bridge screaming to me, I couldn't understand him so I thought to myself 'Maybe I should get to him first and listen what he says instead of jumping in the water from here', so that's what I did. I saw someone floating in the water, an (I guess) 55 years old man. I didn't even listen to the Indian guy and asked the man in the water immedeately if there were more people in the car. He said no, but I saw he was having problems with trying to stay above the water; his head was every time going underwater. I didn't even hestitate and jumped into the water, swam to the man and pulled him to a less deeper place. The first thing he told me was that he was having a heart attack, this was the moment when I realized that this was something serious.

After asking his name and trying to make him relax, I asked someone to call an ambulance. We were in a National Park so we didn't have any network to call with our own phones; someone had to drive all the way back to the reception/entrance to call an ambulance. The bridge was too high to get him out of the water, so I stood with him in the water. The man was shocking and stressing so much and he even started to vomit and creating white foam in his mouth. I had zero knowledge about medical stuff, but what I knew was that if someone had to vomit, you should turn the person to his belly instead of on his back to make sure that he doesn't choke in his own puke. Now imagine that a 22 years old guy has to turn a 55 years old man from his back to his belly, who wasn't the most skinny person, dressed in wet clothes and keeping his head above the water to make sure that he doesn't choke in his own puke. I did this twice in the time that I was alone in the water and then I started realizing that I couldn't do this alone anymore.

After the second time the man asked me my name, I told him 'My name is Robert'. He said 'Robert, could you please promise me that you'll tell my son, daughter and wife that I love them'. This was the moment that I started realizing that I could have a dead body in my arms in 5 seconds. I told him '[NAME OF MAN], I'll promise this. But this is not going to happen, I am with you and together we are making this!'. I saw he was falling away again, I really thought he was going to die at this moment. In the mean time, there were like 30 people standing on the bridge just watching how I was struggling with trying to keep this guy alive. Some people even said to me 'You'll have to resuscitate soon!'. When people started saying this, I really started stressing. I've never done resuscitation and I'm even in the water now, how am I going to do this.

I asked people to join me and help me in the water. No one joined me the first 5 minutes, but after 5 minutes a young woman joined me. She told me that she was a lifesaver at the surfclub. I was so happy when she joined me because she knew what she was doing. Together with her and an clumpsy Indian man (who joined as well), we took care of the man in the water and waited for the ambulance.

I was already for like 45 minutes in the water (of which 30 minutes alone) after the ambulance joined us. They put a ladder in the water, came down, I helped to make the man ready to leave the water and after that we got him out of the water and the ambulance took the work over. I still didn't realize what was really going on, but the police and ambulance people came to me, gave me a massive hug and told me 'You are really a hero, well done!'. After this I started crying, it all fell on me and started realizing what I did.

After having a small talk with the police and ambulance people and sharing my contact details, we continued our roadtrip back to Sydney. The moment that he told me that I had to tell his son, daughter and wife that he loves them, it's still stuck in my head. The man is in hospital now, stable but confused. I hope I can meet him before I leave, I would really appreciatie that.

I know this sounds a bit like an unbelievable story, but this really happend. A news website wrote a Facebook page about it but the story in there isn't fully correct. You can find it here:

No, this is not a post because I want to hear from you guys how well I did this. I just want to open my heart with a larger group of people and hope that this makes me feel a bit better after what happend.


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Re: Saving someone's life

Unread postby Victor_Laszlo » 8 January 2019, 03:16

Well hell yeah man. I'd like to think I could do the same in a situation like that.

But that's a great thing you did. And he very well could of been a dead body had you not done what you did.

You should feel good. You did a good thing.

That's an awesome story to tell your grandkids. Or nieces and nephews. Lol

Thanks for sharing that
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Re: Saving someone's life

Unread postby GearFetTwinkRomance » 13 January 2019, 07:11

Saving someone's life is about the one greatest thing someone ever can do. I know, paramedics, EMT's and doctors, firefighters , many cops do it every day. It's outstanding, if a regular person does.
So yours will be my nomination for best post. It's 2019...well, :shrug: but it is the best.

Okay to follow you on FB? (My profile there is rather a fantastic one, as I don't live out)

You ought to be nominated for a life saving award, too.

I can't imagine myself in such a situation. It's the one thing I am truly afraid of ever happening, because someone could die, because of unable me. So if there was a reason to pray to the universe to not let timeline throw that dice on me, that's the one.

So you're one of the :cool: :cool: folks there, man. Don't let anyone deny this!
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Re: Saving someone's life

Unread postby Eryx » 21 January 2019, 19:25

Holy crap, what a ride of a post! Congratulations on your fast thinking and being so selfless. I don't know if I'd behave the same if something like this happened to me, but I like to think that I would (and probably would have the same issues as you to make things turn out okay). I can't imagine what it would feel like to fail and lose someone like that right in front of me.

The worst I've seen myself was a guy who wanted to jump from his building in Rio when I lived there, but thankfully the firefighters were able to convince him to get down and go with them to the hospital. Seeing that end badly is also something I'd never like to witness in real life.

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