‘THE LONG­EST 6O SEC­ONDS

Wo­man re­calls near death ex­pe­ri­ence when her car was swept into a stream

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NUR AQIDAH AZIZI KUALA PILAH news@nst.com.my

IT was the long­est 60 sec­onds of Sofiyyah Siswadi’s life as she strug­gled to es­cape from her sink­ing ve­hi­cle, which was swept into a stream by flood­wa­ters in Jalan Serem­ban-Kuala Pilah yes­ter­day morn­ing.

In the 4.46am in­ci­dent, Sofiyyah’s car, which was driven by her friend, Ros­mah Ba­harin, 37, was washed into a 5m-deep stream near Kam­pung Sawah Liat, 24km from Serem­ban, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

When met at Tunku Am­puan Na­ji­hah Hos­pi­tal (TANH) emer­gency ward yes­ter­day, Sofiyyah said the thought of dy­ing crossed her mind when she strug­gled to free her­self from the car.

“It hap­pened so fast. I man­aged to wind down the win­dow to es­cape but be­fore I could do so, the car, with us in­side, was en­gulfed in wa­ter. I tried to open the door but failed due to the strong wa­ter pres­sure.

“I thought I would die and had lost hope of be­ing res­cued. At that time, I only thought about my four kids,” she said, adding that she tried to wave her hands through the car win­dow, with little hope that peo­ple would no­tice.

How­ever, luck was on their side when two fire­men, who were nearby, no­ticed their plight.

Sofiyyah said the two fire­men jumped into the wa­ter and res­cued her and Ros­mah.

“It was the long­est 60 sec­onds of my life. I am thank­ful to the fire­men, who didn’t think twice about res­cu­ing us.

“With­out them, my friend and I wouldn’t have sur­vived.”

One of the fire­men, Mohd Jepliey Am­bas­ing, 23, said he and his col­league, Wan Haz­izi Abd Halim, 33, were re­lo­cat­ing vil­lagers af­fected by the flash flood in the area when they no­ticed the car with the two vic­tims.

“We jumped into the wa­ter to res­cue them. We brought them out to a safer place by us­ing a rope be­fore send­ing them to TANH.”

Kuala Pilah Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment chief Je­fri Amat said the wa­ter level in sev­eral parts of Kam­pung Sawah Liat and Kam­pung Ulu Ben­dul here had reached 1.5m fol­low­ing a three-hour tor­ren­tial rain, which started at 1am yes­ter­day.

“Be­sides the two women, we also res­cued eight peo­ple from two fam­i­lies,” he said.

PIC BY HAZREEN MO­HAMAD

(Left) Sofiyyah Siswadi’s car. (Right) Sofiyyah re­call­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence when her ve­hi­cle was swept into a stream dur­ing a flash flood near Kam­pung Sam­pung Liat in Kuala Pilah yes­ter­day.

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