MEN RISK DROWN­ING TO SAVE CAT

6 work­ers were seek­ing shel­ter in storm tun­nel dur­ing heavy rain

New Straits Times - - News - HARIZ MOHD BANTING news@nst.com.my

SEV­ERAL work­ers of a land­scap­ing com­pany were trapped in a storm tun­nel here on Satur­day dur­ing a down­pour. They also risked drown­ing to save an­other soul in the same predica­ment — a cat.

When Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment per­son­nel ar­rived to save the six In­done­sian men, they were sur­prised to find a wet fe­line among the group.

The men were cut­ting grass at Km10 of the South Klang Val­ley Ex­press­way when a rain­storm forced them to take shel­ter in the storm tun­nel.

But, the wa­ter level rose rapidly, and the group soon found them­selves al­most fully sub­merged in wa­ter.

As they waited for the storm to sub­side, they no­ticed a cat be­ing swept away by the strong cur­rent. De­spite it be­ing dan­ger­ous, they reached out and grabbed the fe­line, which clung to one of the men un­til help ar­rived.

“We re­ceived a dis­tress call at 3.46pm, and despatched a team of eight fire­men from the Cy­ber­jaya Fire Sta­tion to res­cue the vic­tims.

“The team low­ered life jack­ets to the vic­tims and used a rope and lad­der to help them out.

“One of them was hold­ing a cat, which they saved dur­ing the in­ci­dent,” said Se­lan­gor Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment op­er­a­tions cen­tre of­fi­cer Mohd His­sam Sidik.

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Some of the men trapped in the storm tun­nel at Km10 of the South Klang Val­ley Ex­press­way on Satur­day. (Left) One of the men hold­ing a cat that they saved.

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