Watch: British Diplomat jumps in water to save drowning woman in China
China : A top British Diplomat was hailed as hero after he jumped into a water body to save a drowning woman in China. The video has received millions of praise and views on social media.
Britain's mission in Chongqing said Monday that Consul General Stephen Ellison leapt into action in nearby Zhongshan at the weekend to save a woman who had fallen into a river coursing through the tourist town.
"Due to the timely rescue, the woman quickly recovered her breathing and consciousness," read the post on the consulate's official Weibo page.
61-year-old British diplomat heard people screaming near the river and quickly jumped into water to save the drowning woman.
Bystander video footage shared by the consulate and various Chinese media outlets show Ellison, 61, jump fully clothed into the river, where the unnamed woman was struggling to stay afloat.
"We are all immensely proud of our Chongqing Consul General," the UK diplomatic mission in China tweeted Monday.
The hashtag "British Consul-General in Chongqing saves female student who fell in the water" had gained almost 40 million acknowledgements on Weibo by Monday evening as news of Ellison's bravery spread.