Raden Soemawinata wasn’t having the best of days. He’d arrived at Brighton Pier in Melbourne to scatter his grandmother’s ashes in the bay. It’s a dreadful time in his life that many of us can identify with. However, something occurred while he was there that drastically altered the day’s path. He had the chance to save a life while also saying goodbye to one that was very important to him.
When he was still at the dock, a tiny Maltese-shih tzu ended up in the sea. His name is Bibi, and he was so small that he was knocked off the pier and into the water by high winds from across the port. His owner, Sue Drummond, was worried that her lovely little puppy would drown.
Soemawinata did not take a breath. He undressed down to his underwear and jumped into the water, only wearing underwear and a shirt. Drummond, like the others who had gathered, sat back and awaited the outcome.
Soemawinata spotted Bibi struggling in the sea and brought him back to the pier. Drummond, who was overjoyed to see her tiny pet alive and well, gave him a big embrace. She had no idea this was going to happen, but one thing is certain. If she doesn’t hold on hard, she won’t be at the dock with Bibi for long.
If Soemawinata had not been present, things would have turned out quite differently. Bibi is a small dog, and she may not have survived the ordeal.
Soemawinata is today regarded as a hero for reasons that go beyond simply being in the right location at the right time. He, too, had picked up on something and had taken action. His quick thinking saved a life and made one dog owner quite happy.