Walking for hours amid the crush of bodies under the scorching heat of the sun often takes its toll on the devotees of the Black Nazarene who join the day-long procession to fulfill their ‘panata’ (solemn promise to a deity). Quite a number end up with high blood pressure or even faint.
A dramatic rescue of one of these incidents of fainting was caught on camera. It soon went viral on Facebook after the clip was posted by ABS-CBN News.
In the video, the unconscious lady could be sing hanging from the carriage of the Black Nazarene. It was clear that she was among the throng who wanted to personally touch any part of the Black Nazarene statue or even the carriage for the fulfillment of their ‘panata’ and to receive blessing from the image.
With the throng trying to reach the carriage as well, it was difficult to get to the woman but the rescue team was determined. Thankfully, the crowd was quite cooperative. Some people even help boost the rescuers up and hold the rescue board.
As soon as the lady was on the board, people helped lift the board and move it fast across the crowd! It was really quite something to see. Soon, the crowd parted and let the rescue team move fast to take the woman to safety.
Netizens applauded the swift and rather unique rescue mission. We’re quite glad that the lady was alright…
Watch the dramatic but admirable rescue here:
LOOK: A female devotee passes out as she climbs the carriage of the Black Nazarene. #Nazareno2017
Posted by ABS-CBN News on Monday, January 9, 2017