The young Senegalese sportsman, Mouhammad Fadal, has performed a heroic act by preventing an elderly man from drowning in the Bilbao estuary. The rescue was carried out by the 33-year-old basketball player last Sunday. The details of the operation.
June 20, 2021 will go down in history as the day when undocumented immigrant Mouhammad Fadal showed his heroism by coming to the aid of a 72-year-old man who was drowning in the Bilbao estuary. According to witnesses to the incident, the old man, who was standing against the railing of the Merced Bridge, lost consciousness before falling over the edge and into the estuary.
Having seen the man fall unconscious, Mouhammad Fadal, who was fortunately at the scene, immediately jumped into the water to rescue him. The rescue was filmed, published on social networks and relayed by several Internet users. On the video, he can be seen struggling to keep the 70-year-old’s head above water.
Two other people, also from Senegal, helped him afterwards before being joined by an off-duty municipal policeman. The rescue lasted a total of 15 minutes. After their feat, the three rescuers received a multitude of messages praising their heroic action.
« I didn’t even think about it » [the danger].
The young basketball player returned to the incident a short time later, saying he did not realise the risks he was running. « I didn’t even think about it, » he told the Deia media during his interview before continuing: « When I saw that the man was in danger, I jumped in to try to help him.
It should be noted that this was not the basketball fan’s first rescue in the estuary. Indeed, in 2019, he had already done the same thing to save a person who was drowning in the estuary.
A petition for the regularisation of Mouhammad Fadal
During his interview, the young Senegalese said that he wanted to join the Bilbao Basketball club, but that it was impossible for him to do so at the moment. Indeed, « without papers, I can’t play », he told his interviewer. So, the sportsman is waiting for his situation to be regularised to live his passion fully. To help him out, one of his friends has launched a petition on social networks.
This story is reminiscent of the French hero Mamadou Gassama, a Malian immigrant who was granted French nationality in 2018 by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, after performing an equally heroic act. As a reminder, the undocumented Malian had climbed, with his bare hands, four balconies in order to save a child suspended in the void.