Five people have tragically drowned after jumping fearlessly into a river to prevent their colleague from committing suicide.
According to China News, the incident took place in Dunhuang city, Gansu province at around 6:45 p.m. on July 17.
Five employees from a local company were sitting around enjoying food and drink when suddenly one among their group, a 19-year-old girl surnamed Ma, said that she didn’t want to live anymore and jumped into a nearby river.
At first she was successfully rescued, with her four colleagues aged between 18-26 pulling her from the water.
After slipping away she dived back into the river and was again followed by her colleagues and a nearby food vendor who jumped in to help. Unfortunately the river proved too much for the group and all six were found to have drowned.
As few Chinese are competent swimmers, this is not the first occasion on which those leaping into the river to save someone have themselves drowned. Back in 2014 a woman from Chongqing died after leaping into the Yangtze to try and save her boyfriend who had himself jumped into the river to save his ex-girlfriend.
– 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)
By Victor Fung