'An angel' who risked his life to save victims in Palu

(From left) Mr Francois de Neuville with Mr Gleen Mononutu, who died in the Palu quake, and Mr Ng Kok Choong, whose body was found on Tuesday. The trio called themselves The Happy Flyers.
(From left) Mr Francois de Neuville with Mr Gleen Mononutu, who died in the Palu quake, and Mr Ng Kok Choong, whose body was found on Tuesday. The trio called themselves The Happy Flyers.PHOTO: COURTESY OF FRANCOIS DE NEUVILLE

The waves were coming tall and fast, and aftershocks continued to shake bits of concrete from the half-collapsed hotel. But para-glider Ng Kok Choong, 53, sat for hours in pitch darkness, risking his life to comfort a woman lying trapped under the rubble.

His courage left a deep impression on Belgian Francois de Neuville, 29, who together with Mr Ng rescued a mother and her daughter from a ruined hotel in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Central Sulawesi.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2018, with the headline ''An angel' who risked his life to save victims in Palu'. Print Edition | Subscribe