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British diplomat rescues drowning student in China

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A British diplomat is being hailed as a hero after saving a drowning college student in southwest China on Saturday.

Stephen Ellison, 61, the British consul-general in Chongqing, was walking by a river in the nearby ancient town of Zhongshan when he heard a woman screaming, he said in an interview with the BBC.

Video of the incident posted on Twitter by the British embassy shows a crowd screaming in panic after a woman is spotted face-down in the water.

"There was not a lot of time to do anything other than to get in," Ellison told the BBC.

After Ellison gets a hold of the woman in the river, an onlooker tosses a floatation device into the water.

Ellison then carries the woman to the lifebelt, and people pull the pair to the riverbank.

"Thanks to the rescue, the student soon resumed breathing and regained consciousness," Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported, citing local authorities, without naming the woman.

The British Embassy said it was "immensely proud" of Ellison.

China's state-run CGTN reported that some onlookers brought Ellison back to their home after the incident.

After the student recovered, she and Ellison had a drink together, the diplomat told the BBC.

She invited him for a meal, and Ellison said he's hoping to accept soon.

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