A young Yemeni man was filmed as he rescued a women trapped in dangerous floodwater in the city of Sanaa this week.
Farid Othman Ali Jabbar, a motorbike “taxi” driver, has received huge praise from his community for his heroic behavior.
Speaking to Al Arabiya, Jabbar said he was working at the time and had a passenger with him on the bike, but when he saw commotion near a bridge, he didn’t think twice.
“I saw someone trying to save her with a rope, but I wasn’t working. So I tied the rope around myself and lowered myself near the floodwater. The woman was in a state of fear and panic. She was unable to climb due to her age.”
In the video, the woman is seen clinging to a wall as the floodwater rises above knee length.
“I told her ‘don’t worry, you will be fine’ and tied the rope around her and gave a signal to the people on the bridge to pull her up. Once she was safe, they threw the rope down to me and I managed to reach the bridge again,” Jabbar said.