S'pore man, 74, rescued by couple after he fell & hit head while trying to honour late wife

"I asked him why he went down so fast. He answered: 'I want to give flowers to my wife who died 10 years ago.'"

Andrew Koay | September 15, 2022, 07:25 PM

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A simple trip to the beach turned into a touching and emotional episode for a couple after they saved a man who'd fallen into the ocean.

According to TikTok user Queen Lexinda Royupa, who documented the incident in a clip, the 74-year-old man had been trying to honour the memory of his wife at Changi Beach on the morning of Sep. 13.

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In the process, he slipped while on a breakwater, fell into the water, and hit his head on the rocks.

Having witnessed the incident, Ruyopa and her husband rushed to help the man.

"He kept saying: 'Thank you to both of you. I might [have] drown[ed] if you weren't here,'" wrote Royupa in her TikTok video.

The 27-year-old and her husband tended to the elderly man's wounds, which included scratches on his head, arms, and legs.

Speaking to Mothership, Royupa said they also offered to bring him to the hospital and get him a taxi home, though the 74-year-old man declined.

"I want to give flowers to my wife who died 10 years ago"

"I asked him why he went down so fast," wrote Royupa, who added that the couple stayed and spoke with the man until he felt better.

"He answered: 'I want to give flowers to my wife who died 10 years ago.'"

The man's purpose for travelling to Changi Beach was so touching to Royupa that she started tearing up.

"Aside from that, he even showed the picture of his wife, and that made me cry even more," she said.

@queenlexinda Replying to @Uniquelyyy this is truly heartbreaking and at the same time so lovely to see how much he loves his wife💐🤍🕊️ #tiktoksg ♬ original sound - QueenLexinda🇵🇭🇸🇬

The man eventually asked Royupa and her husband if they would do the honours of throwing the flowers in the ocean, which they did.

"I could feel the love though he hasn’t been with his wife for 10 years," Royupa recounted to Mothership.

"True love never dies!"

Top image courtesy of Queen Lexinda Royupa