Dramatic Moment Captain, 60, Jumps 40 Feet From His Ship To Save Drowning Woman
This is the dramatic moment a ship's captain jumps 40 feet from his vessel to rescue a woman who had fallen overboard - then casually knocked back a beer.
Heroic sailor U Myint Aye, 60, was steering his ship into Dala port on the Yangon River in Burma when passenger Khin Chan Mya, 34, fell into the water earlier this month.
The spritely sailor had to act quickly to steer his ship away from the port's dock to avoid crushing her as she flailed around in the water.
He then leapt off the top of the boat fully-clothed and into the water to help rescue her, along with two other crew members. Several onlookers helped pull them up onto the dock after witnessing the terrifying episode.
Khin Chan Mya was said to be "shocked but conscious" after the rescue, and was taken straight to hospital.
One witness said the woman had fallen into the water after taking a wrong step as the ship pulled in to the port.
"I saw that she was falling onto the water when the boat reached the pier," he said.
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What does a captain do after pulling off a daring rescue in front of loads of shocked onlookers? He sank a beer - along with two soaked colleagues.
All three were given special plaques in recognition of their daring feat.
U Myint Aye said he just acted out of instinct, however. ''At that time I did not think about any risks to my own life," he said.
"I jumped just because I wanted the woman to be safe. I am old now, it is fine if I die, the young woman should be alive.
"I am very proud of myself that I have saved so many lives during my working life."
U Myint has worked on ferries for more than 40 years and is all set to retire this year, but it turns out that his superhero turn wasn't his first rodeo - and that he's 'lost count' of the number of people he's had to fish out of the water.
What a hero. There has to be an easier way of getting a beer at the end of your shift?
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