3 Incidents Where Ordinary Mongolians Did Heroic Things Abroad

No matter who you are among your friends, you become an ambassador of your country when you go abroad. And traveling Mongolians are heard of in many places of the world, despite the small population. Some of them come back after a quiet journey and some embarrass us with stupid deeds. But today, we here at SWyM are focusing on the brave Mongolians who went straight-up Superman when there was an emergency.

Starting with…

1. Student Saves a Stranger From Drowning Amidst Bystanders in Russia

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A Mongolian student, E.Bokhbat, was chilling out at a beach in Voivovsky, near Moscow, in 2013, when he heard a girl’s scream of distress. Apparently, the girl’s boyfriend had drowned in the lake, but nobody heeded her call. Except for our guy, that is. Bokhbat jumped into the river and found the victim from a depths of about 30 meters. For the record, that’s almost like jumping from a six-story building. Bokhbat got hold of the Russian girl and swam back up, but he had an insane cramp that debilitated him. Luckily, his two other Mongolian friends, D.Ganzorig and N.Solongo, came to the rescue and they all got to the shore.

2. A Businessman Saves 216 Lives by Stopping Cathay Pacific Airplane Hijacker

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Meeting the then-Prime Minister, no big deal.

In 2012, E.Buyannemekh was sitting on a plane that was going to land in Hong Kong from Thailand when he saw a sketchy looking dude walk up to the stewardesses and yell something. Because he was sitting in the front — and also because his spider sense was tingling — Buyannemekh followed up to investigate. It turned out the sketchy dude was a terrorist from the Philippines and was yelling that he was hijacking this plane. He was ordering the flight attendants to open the plane’s doors when Buyannemekh jumped on him and took him down. When the situation was under control, the airport officials asked if our hero was an Air Marshal (something like Liam Neeson from Non-Stop or Samuel L. Jackson from Snakes on a Plane) and were surprised when Buyannemekh said, “Nah, I’m just a businessman.” Then he put on his shades and walked away, in slo-mo, probably.

3. Undocumented Migrant Workers Save People from Burning Buildings in Korea — and Disappear

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Multiply this by two.

In what looks like an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, four Mongolian factory workers pulled 11 people out of a burning building in Singdorim-dong, South Korea, in 2007. At the time, when the fire fighters and ambulance came, the local heroes had disappeared, to everyone’s surprise. After a brief media frenzy and debate of whether or not Korea had its own vigilante quartet, the heroes — A.Batsuuri, B.Batdelger, N.Gombosuren and T. Sambuudonid — made their names known. The Ministry of Justice of Korea commended their heroic deeds and sacrifice, providing them with hospital care and official employment. There’s even a movie based on this event in talks.

 

Join us next time for ordinary Mongolians who did heroic things in Mongolia.

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Natso Baatarkhuu lives in Mongolia and writes in English. His works have appeared in Cracked.com and The UB Post, and he started this website. He dreams of publishing novels and selling screenplays someday.

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Natso Baatarkhuu

Natso Baatarkhuu lives in Mongolia and writes in English. His works have appeared in Cracked.com and The UB Post, and he started this website. He dreams of publishing novels and selling screenplays someday.

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