Harald Göbel, a 53-year-old Swedish tourist, saved the life of a woman who was drowning in a river in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
Harald was walking by Jinjiang Bridge on December 6th when he stopped to see why a crowd had gathered. Realising there was a body in the water, he dived in and pulled the woman to safety.
Update #1: More information about Harald has emerged.
“When I came out of the river there was thunderous applause and cheering,” Göbel told the Expressen newspaper.
“The fireman threw a life-buoy in the water, but it really didn’t help. She was taken by the current under a bridge and through a tunnel,” he told the paper.
As the woman was dragged into the tunnel, a fireman jumped in after her, but Göbel analyzed the situation differently as crowds gathered.
“I ran to the other side of the tunnel, left my jacket with my friend, and jumped in.”
The Swede then swam ten metres to the woman, pulling her to land to the cheers of the crowd. The woman was promptly taken to hospital where she is currently recuperating.
“People were screaming ‘hero’ when I came out of the water,” Göbel told Expressen.
Harald is humble, he’s not the hero that China deserves, but one that it needs right now:
“When I saw that the woman was being taken care of by the ambulance staff, I went back to the hotel with my friend, had a shower, and then relaxed in the hotel bar.”
[Video credit: Beijing Cream]