Raden Soemawinata was having one of those days. He’d come to Brighton Pier in Melbourne to scatter his grandmother’s ashes in the water. 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 direction. 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 water. Bibi was so little that strong winds from across the bay knocked him off the pier and into the ocean. His owner, Sue Drummond, was worried that her lovely little dog would drown.
Soemawinata did not pause. He stripped down to his underpants and leapt into the water, wearing only his underwear and a shirt. Drummond, like the others who had assembled, waited to see what would happen.
Bibi was struggling in the water, but Soemawinata caught him and brought him back to the pier. Drummond, who was thrilled to have her tiny pet back and safe, rewarded him with a hearty hug. She probably had no idea this might happen, but one thing is clear. She won’t be at the dock with Bibi for long if she doesn’t hold on tight.
Things would have gone out quite differently if Soemawinata had not been present. Bibi is a small dog, and she might not have made it back to safety.
Soemawinata is now being referred to as a hero, and it was due to more than just being in the right place at the right time. He, too, noticed something and took action. His quick thinking saved a life and made one very pleased dog owner.