A man who jumped into the Suzhou Creek to save a woman trying to kill herself needed rescuing himself after becoming exhausted, Shanghai Daily reports.
About 6:20pm yesterday, a young woman suddenly jumped into the river at the Hengfeng Road Bridge. Many bystanders rushed to save her, and one man jumped in and handed the woman to others near the shore, witnesses said.
By that time, the man had become exhausted. Bystanders tried to help him, but winds had whipped up the water, making the rescue more difficult. A young man quickly climbed a willow tree near the river and broke a tree branch for the man to grab. Others used belts to try to rescue him. They eventually were able to get him out of the water.
Both the man and the woman he rescued are unharmed.
Hopefully news of this case might reach the ears of the parents in Sichuan who are attempting to sue a boy for failing to save his friends from drowning, then they might understand how hard and exhausting it is trying to keep someone else afloat, let alone two people.
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