Missionaries save lives of 4 men in island nation of Kiribati

Two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints saved the lives of four men after their car crashed into a lake on the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, Newsroom reported on Feb. 21.

Elders Ulas and Elder Patane, who are both serving in the Marshall Islands/Kiribati mission, were riding their bikes on the island of Tarawa when they saw a car speeding towards them. They watched the car veer off the road and flip upside down into a lake.

The two missionaries ran towards the half-submerged car and Elder Ulas entered the lake while his companion, Elder Patane, called for an ambulance.

One of the rear car doors was jammed but a front door could be opened and Elder Ulas pulled out all four men to the safety of the lake bank.

Elders serving in Tarawa, Kiribati.
Elders serving in Tarawa, Kiribati.

According to the article, "By the time the fourth man was pulled out of the submerged vehicle, the other three men had run away. However, the driver had sustained serious injuries and was bleeding. Acting quickly, Elder Ulas used a piece of the broken windshield to cut the shoulder straps off of his back-pack to make a tourniquet to slow the blood loss."

The injured driver thanked the missionaries for their bravery and commented that members of the Church "really live what they preach."

Read the full article here.