A 26 year old Chinese man studying in Japan has been hailed as a hero after he dived into Osaka’s Yodo River to save a nine year old boy from drowning, Shanghai Daily reports.
Yan Jun gave an account of his heroism on Weibo:
Right after I hit the water I quickly realised that my body was completely powerless in the face of nature. I almost died […] I was very fortunate to be able to bring that child to shore safely.
The nine year old, who has not been identified, was swept 350 metres down the river — heavily swollen by Typhoon Man-Yi — after he waded in to try and retrieve a camera memory card.
Yan has been lauded on both the Chinese and Japanese internet, with the original report on Yahoo Japan attracting over 2,000 comments. Writing on Weibo after he was discharged from hospital, Yan said “I am extremely grateful for the support which the online community has given me. I hope that all members of this community will take care of their own safety in such situations when they are forced to do the right thing.”