Who would’ve thought water pollution could actually save a life? A 48-year-old man who’d attempted to commit suicide by drowning himself in a Zhejiang river last week decided that the water was “too filthy” and swam several meters back to shore.
The man, surnamed Liu, comes from the Pujiang county of Zhejiang province. He explained to police that he had lost quite a lot of money from business this year, and impulsively decided to end his life on Wednesday, according to Finance Gucheng.
So, at around 7:00 that evening, he jumped into the Yiwu River. As soon as he hit the water, however, he regretted his decision.
“The water is so filthy and smelly that it’s too disgusting to be swallowed,” he said.
The current of the river, accelerated by the rain, made it difficult for Liu to swim back to shore, but he managed to keep himself afloat and drifted downstream all the way from Dongyang city to Yiwu city, where he found a protruding spot of land and waited for help.
Yiwu police arrived at the scene after receiving call from passers-by. They threw a buoy ring to the man and pulled him ashore. Medical staff said he sustained no serious injuries.
Liu said he is grateful to still be alive.
“I will never again try to kill myself,” he said.
[Images via Finance Gucheng]
By Joyce Ng