The British Consul General in the Chinese Chongqing municipality, Stephen Ellison has jumped into a river and saved a woman from drowning. The diplomat has been hailed as a hero after his video goes viral on the internet.
The British Embassy in Beijing tweeted on Monday on official Twitter account that the United Kingdom (UK) foreign affairs community was immensely proud of Ellison’s Saturday act.
According to the footage a young woman slipping on a rock, falling into a river and getting carried away by the stream before a panicked crowd, apparently too shaken to do anything. The situation escalates quickly as it becomes clear that the woman can’t swim and is seen floating on her stomach while making limp motions with her arms.
Then, a 61-year-old Ellison is seen swiftly throwing off his sneakers before jumping into the river and quickly swimming up to her. He turns the woman around and carries her to a rubber ring some onlookers threw into the water.
According to the UK’s diplomatic mission’s statement on social media, later the woman quickly resumed breathing and regained consciousness.
The locals have given a dry set of clothes and some coffee to Ellison for which he thanked the locals.
The world does not need super hereos but hereos like Stephen Ellison.