While foreigners in Shanghai may be a little fuzzy on the rules of the road here, at least some are still managing to make positive contributions to society.
For instance, two Russian students and a French teacher at Shanghai Jian Qiao University rescued a girl who tried to kill herself by jumping into a river on Saturday evening.
According to Shanghai Daily, the French teacher, known as Bastien, had just arrived at the university in Pudong that very day. He was talking with two 21-year-old international design students from Russia, Roman Chaikovskii and Kirll Karpuk, on the balcony of his dorm when he spotted someone struggling in the river at around 8 p.m.
It was dark, so Bastien wasn’t sure exactly what was going on, but he noticed the girl trashing around, bobbing up and down in the dark water. The three men rushed to the riverside to get a closer look. Chaikovskii jumped into the river and grabbed the girl, Bastien and Karpuk helped pull them back to safety.
Shanghai Daily reports that the girl had been a student at a nearby secondary vocational school, but had dropped out last year. After visiting with some of her former classmates, she became depressed and decided to end it all by throwing herself into the river.
However, once in the water, she immediately regretted her decision and was able to hold on just long enough for the three men to arrive and save her.
These three foreigners join that guy who made a stand against cars in the bike lane and the other guy who tried to break up a fight on the Beijing Metro, as examples that show that laowai are capable of being more than just imitation terrorists, fake cops and replacement couriers in China.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
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