But, as a panicked Drummond stood helplessly on the pier watching Bibi struggle in the spume, Soemawinata swept past her. The brave young man wasted no time in kicking off his shoes and stripping off. Clad in just his shirt, underwear and socks, he leapt valiantly into the roiling waters. Battling manfully against the white-crested waves, the then 20-year-old was somehow able to get a hold of the thrashing Bibi.
With Bibi now firmly in his grip, Soemawinata mustered all his strength and swam them both to safety. He reached the pier and handed Drummond her shocked and sodden dog. A mightily relieved and grateful dog owner then embraced Soemawinata as he clambered back on to the boardwalk. Thanks to the selfless actions of a total stranger, the emotional owner and her pet were mercifully reunited.