WATCH: 61-Year-Old British Diplomat in China Saves Drowning Woman


A British diplomat in China was captured on film saving a Chinese student from drowning in a river.

The British Embassy in Beijing posted the video of 61-year-old Chongqing Consul General Stephen Ellison jumping into the river to save the 24-year-old woman from Wuhan — who reportedly slipped and fell in — on Twitter, Monday.

“We are all immensely proud of our Chongqing Consul General, Stephen Ellison, who dived into a river on Saturday to rescue a drowning student and swim her to safety,” the embassy declared.

In a statement to the BBC, Ellison said, “She was unconscious, she was not breathing and for a short time we feared the worst. But as we got back to the side, she started breathing again.”

The BBC further reported that Ellison — from Newcastle — was “given dry clothes and warm drinks by grateful villagers,” and has been invited by the student “to dinner with her family next weekend.”

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