The heroine in action. Photo by eye-witness Wang Ronggui via Shanghai Daily.
An anonymous American woman in her 30s has won praise from Hangzhou residents for jumping into the West Lake on a rainy Thursday afternoon to save a Chinese woman attempting suicide:
Liu said he was preparing to go to the woman’s aid, but before he had taken off his uniform, the foreign tourist had already dived into the water.
“When she jumped into the lake, the drowning woman was about 20 meters away from the pavilion and was sinking. I could only see her hair,” Liu said. “But the foreign lady swam quickly to her, held up her chin with one hand and used the other to swim back.”
“She was so professional and agile. It took her less than two minutes to swim back to the bank,” he said. Liu and another foreigner, a friend of the rescuer, pulled them from the water. The rescued woman was coughing a lot, but otherwise seemed in good condition, said witnesses.
“The foreign lady dried herself with some tissues, put on her clothes and, after seeing the rescued woman was alright, left along with her friend,” Liu recalled.
The Chinese woman, from Fuyang, near Hangzhou, was later picked up from the police station by her relatives.