2 UK tourists who saved woman from lake in Little Guilin awarded by SCDF

The Brewins (posing with their awards) pictured with members of their family who are residing in Singapore, on 11 October, 2019. (PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — Two British tourists were on Friday (11 October) awarded for rescuing a woman from the lake at Bukit Batok Town Park, also known as Little Guilin.

According to a Facebook post by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), retired diving instructors Lesley Brewin and her husband, Simon, were strolling in the park at about noon on 24 September when they noticed something submerged in the water causing a ripple.

Thinking it could be a turtle, Lesley scaled the wall with her camera to have a better vantage point, added the SCDF.

She soon realised it was a 72-year-old woman holding onto an overhanging branch in the lake.

"I thought she was dead. When I came back and stood by the wall, I saw her eyelids fluttering and that was when I realised she was still alive," said Lesley, according to the post.

The husband-wife pair “sprang into action” upon the discovery – Simon climbed down the rocks at the edge of the lake to reach out to the elderly woman while Lesley tried to locate someone with a mobile phone to call the SCDF, the post added.

After returning to the scene, Lesley checked on the woman and realised that the latter’s life was “in imminent danger”.

She immediately waded into the waist-deep water to rescue the woman, and realised the latter was not breathing.

She gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the lake while waiting for SCDF rescuers to arrive. The woman was conscious when taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital by an SCDF ambulance.

For their “swift and coordinated efforts” to rescue the woman, the Brewins received the SCDF Community Lifesaver and Community First Responder awards from Col Anthony Toh, commander of the 4th SCDF division.

The case has been classified by the police as attempted suicide and the woman has been arrested.

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