A 61-year-old British diplomat has become something of a hero in China after diving into a river to save a drowning student while local Chinese looked on.
The woman had been left flailing in the water for some time before her rescue by Stephen Ellison, the British consul-general in Chongqing, or Chungking, a vast megalopolis of over 30 million people in China’s south-west, according to the South China Morning Post.
“Look, it’s this foreigner who jumped into the river,” bystanders can be heard saying in the video footage of the rescue.
“So many young people were around and they didn’t.”
Ellison had wasted no time in going to help the woman, leaping into the water fully clothed with his watch and mobile phone still on him, and the British mission extended his thanks to the people who helped him after he intervened, throwing in a lifebuoy after him and assisting