‘Illegal’ African saves Spanish disabled man


This 12 December 2019 video says about itself:

Migrant rescues wheelchair-bound man from fire in Spain

A Senegalese migrant, Gorgui Lamine Sow, rescued a wheelchair-bound man from a burning building in the Spanish city of Denia recently. After hearing cries for help, Sow climbed into the burning building, hoisted the man on his shoulder and climbed down a balcony. Thereafter, he immediately left the scene fearing police action.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 11 December 2019:

Undocumented street vendor rescues disabled Spaniard from burning home

In the Spanish resort of Dénia, near Alicante, an African immigrant rescued a disabled man from his burning apartment. He did that last Friday, along with neighbours coming.

39-year-old Álex Caudeli Webster is in a wheelchair and could not flee quickly on his own when a stove caught fire in his home. He called for help, to which Senegalese street seller Gorgui Lamine Sow responded quickly. “I heard screams and immediately went inside,” he says to the newspaper El País.

Sow climbed in through the balcony, threw Webster over his shoulder, and then climbed out through the window. Local residents had meanwhile put a staircase under the balcony – that is how Sow managed to come down safely with Webster.

After the rescue, the hero had flown quickly; Sow is staying illegally in Spain and probably wanted to evade the … police who had been called. A local journalist managed to track down the 20-year-old immigrant in the seaside resort of Gandia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

This gave Webster the opportunity to thank his lifesaver and to provide him with a ‘superman’ shirt. “He saved my life”, said the Spaniard. The municipality is planning to issue a certificate to Sow, and has said it wants to try to give the immigrant and his family legal status.

Previously, 22-year-old Malian Mamoudou Gassama was given French nationality after rescuing a toddler in Paris who dangled from the balcony of an apartment building.

UPDATE: Sow gets permit to stay in Spain.

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