LDS missionaries save the lives of 4 people who crashed car into island lake

Elder Ulas, a missionary with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rescues a driver and three other passengers who were trapped in a submerged car after crashing. Tarawa, Kiribati. February 2019.© 2019 BY INTELLECTUAL RESERVE, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being hailed as heroes after saving the lives of four people, according to the LDS Church.

"Elders Ulas and Elder Patane, both serving in the Marshall Islands/Kiribati mission were riding their bikes on a lightly used road on the island of Tarawa when they saw a car speeding towards them," a news release from Mormon Newsroom states.

The pair stopped their bikes to watch as the car came closer before it suddenly veered off the road, flipped upside down, and landed in a lake.

As you can see in our photo gallery above, the passenger compartment was almost completely submerged underwater.

The two missionaries immediately ran towards the car to help.

Ulas (first name not given) jumped into the lake to get the passengers out of the vehicle while Patane stayed on the road to call for an ambulance.

One of the rear car doors was jammed but fortunately a front door could be opened and Elder Ulas was able to pull all four men out one at a time to the safety of the lake bank," Mormon newsroom states.

By the time the last person, the driver, was pulled from the submerged vehicle, the other three had run away.

The driver, however, was seriously injured and bleeding.

Ulas was able to use a piece of broken glass from the accident to cut off the shoulder straps from his backpack and make a tourniquet and slow the bleeding.

Patane had to make several phone calls before help arrived after what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says was a "lengthy time."

"The injured driver thanked the missionaries for their selfless and brave action and commented that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "really live what they preach," Mormon Newsroom states.