Filipino Hailed As Hero For Rescuing Old Couple Amid Typhoon in Macau

His inability to swim did not deter a Filipino man from extending a helping hand to an old couple caught in floodwater as typhoon Hato hit Macau last week.

In a video footage that went viral on social media, Filipino Loreto Mijares Jr can be seen rescuing a man and his wife trapped in floodwaters in Rua do Almirante Sérgio around Rua da Praia do Manduco on Wednesday, a report by said.

The couple, surnamed Kung, and owns a butcher shop in Complexo Municipal Do Mercado de S. Lourenço, recalled that they were walking back home when the typhoon approached. In just a few minutes, water flooded into the pavement where they walked, rising quickly to shoulder level. They were very scared and yelled for help.

Loreto, who was resting at home with his wife, heard the calls for help downstairs and saw the elderly couple trapped in the water. He immediately went downstairs and waded across the flooded street, although he doesn’t know how to swim.

“I only wanted to rescue them immediately,” he said later.

Another local man wearing a helmet joined Loreto as he approached the couple, while other residents threw down a lifebuoy on a rope, which they used to drag the woman and then the man out of the water. After, they got the pair to a policeman.

Loreto’s wife, Jhunnafe, who took a footage of the video and uploaded the clip, wrote that he was worried but felt proud of her husband’s deed.

The old couple on Monday met Loreto in the shop and gave him a big hug as other shop owners nearby also came to take photo with him.

In retrospect, Jhunnafe said the typhoon rescue had helped improve relations in the community and proved that “there’s no barrier among Filipino, Chinese and Macau people, as we respect each other.”