Missionaries Save 4 Men’s Lives in Island Nation of Kiribati

Contributed By Emmy Gardiner, Church News staff writer

  • 26 February 2019

Elder Ulas, a missionary with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rescues a driver and three other passengers who were trapped in a submerged car after crashing.

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 February 21.

Elder 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 toward them. They watched the car veer off the road and flip upside down into a lake.

The two missionaries ran toward 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.

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 backpack 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.

Elders serving in Tarawa, Kiribati. Two elders serving in the Marshall Islands/Kiribati Mission helped save four lives.