Residents in Trench Town, St Andrew are hailing one of their own as a community hero after the man risked his life to save a boy, who was being washed away by flood waters on Friday.
Details as to how the child ended up in the water are not clear but reports reaching Loop News are that citizens saw the boy in difficulty and raised an alarm.
Residents reported that the man, identified by some people from the area as Tremaine, saw what was happening and without thinking jumped into the murky waters after the child.
“Several persons from the community tried to help the child but had to retreat because the current in the water was too strong,” said one resident.
The resident said despite of the danger the man went into the water and after several failed attempts he finally managed to hold on to the child. As he did this flood waters started to sweep away the two.
Group of residents watched in shock as the man and the boy disappeared under water. The man tried desperately to grip on to the side of the gully but was unsuccessful.
Minutes later a desperate search was launched and the man was found clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other.
The two were later rescued by members of the community.
A picture of the man, nursing several cuts and bruises after the rescue has since been circulating on social media.
The status of the child is not known at this time. Sources in the area claim the child was taken to a medical facility for treatment and released.
Police from the Kingston Western Division in which Trench Town falls have since come out to commend the man for his efforts.
This is something that we really want to take time out to highlight,” said Superintendent Howard Chambers.