Rabat - A homeless Muslim man saved on Tuesday an Israeli woman who jumped into a river from a bridge in Rome in an attempt to commit suicide.
Rabat – A homeless Muslim man saved on Tuesday an Israeli woman who jumped into a river from a bridge in Rome in an attempt to commit suicide.
The homeless immigrant who is originally from Bangladesh dived immediately into River Tiber to rescue the Israeli woman who reportedly wanted to put an end to her life after the end of a love story.
Sobuj Khalifa, 32 years old, spotted a woman jumping from a bridge and quickly dived after her. He managed to catch her with one hand and swum to the bank of the river with another as the rescue team arrived in a zodiac.
“I saw her fall from the bridge, I thought she was dead,” Khalifa told the police officers in broken Italian. “But (when I reached her) I saw her eyes moving, I thought she could be still alive,” he added.
The rescue story of the Bangladeshi man went viral among Italians social media users, who considered him a real hero.
“I am not a hero,” Khalifa told Italian television TV2000. “God wants us to help everybody,” he added.
The Italian authorities rewarded Khalifa, who has been living illegally in Italy since 2008, by granting him a permit to stay and work in Italy.