Tropical storm Ketsana absolutely ravaged the Philippines and killed people left and right with torrential downpours and powerful floods. After saving more than 30 people from drowning, Muelmar Magallanes sacrificed his life to save a baby girl and her mother, and was eventually swept away, probably from the weight of his giant pair of brass balls. From The Age:
An 18-year-old construction worker braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box.
“I am going to be forever grateful to Muelmar,” said Menchie Penalosa, the mother of the six-month-old girl whom he carried to safety before being swept away himself. “He gave his life for my baby. I will never forget his sacrifice.”
“I didn’t know that the current was so strong. In an instant, I was under water. We were going to die,” said Ms Penalosa, her eyes welling with tears and voice choking with emotion.
“Then this man came from nowhere and grabbed us. He took us to where the other neighbours were, and then he was gone,” Ms Penalosa said.
Ms Penalosa and other witnesses said an exhausted Mr Magallanes was simply washed away amid the torrent of water.
Neighbours found his body on Sunday, along with 28 others who perished amid Manila’s epic flooding. The official death toll stands at 100 with 32 missing.
The High Definite would like to salute Muelmar Magallanes and thanks him for showing, despite a shit ton of evidence to the contrary, that there are still decent people in this world. RIP.