LIVONIA – A Former Livonia firefighter is among the survivors of a fatal ferry accident in the Philippines and is being credited with saving lives after the bow of the ferry suddenly rose from the waters before it flipped over on one side and began to sink.
According to news partner 13WHAM, the Associated Press reports Lawrence Drake, 48, says he was able to revive a fellow passenger who wasn’t breathing after running to the side of the boat in an attempt to balance it.
“I jumped out of my seat and ran to the front as far as I could, and tried to lean over,” said Drake. “I am a big guy, and tried to push the boat back over but it was way too late.”
Drake says he also saved the woman’s pregnant daughter and an 8-year-old boy. Sources told 13WHAM News that Drake was an assistant fire chief with the Livonia Volunteer Fire Department.
He now lives in the Philippines with his wife.
At least 36 people are dead and 19 are missing because of the accident.