A British diplomat has been praised for his bravery after leaping right into a river to rescue a drowning scholar.
Pictures posted on social media presentations the lady suffering within the water within the the city of Zhongshan, Chongqing, sooner than she perceived to lose awareness on Saturday.
A number of onlookers may well be heard shouting because the unnamed girl, who’s reported to be 24, used to be observed mendacity face down within the river.
Stephen Ellison, the consul basic in Chongqing, is then observed taking his footwear off sooner than leaping in to lend a hand her.
The 61-year-old swims in opposition to the coed sooner than rolling her onto her again.
Mr Ellison then clutches onto a rubber ring that were thrown into the water by way of an onlooker, sooner than dragging the lady again to a couple rocks by way of the aspect of the water, the place she is then helped by way of others.
Mr Ellison, who’s at first from Newcastle, advised the BBC the coed is from Wuhan and attends Chongqing College.
He added she used to be shaken by way of the enjoy and is convalescing slowly.
The British Consulate-Basic in Chongqing mentioned in a remark that the coed had recovered awareness briefly.
They added Mr Ellison used to be given a cup of espresso by way of native villagers and passed dry garments to grow to be after the rescue.
The British embassy in Beijing tweeted: “We’re all immensely pleased with our Chongqing Consul Basic, Stephen Ellison, who dived right into a river on Saturday to rescue a drowning scholar and swim her to protection.”
Tom Tugendhat, Tory MP and Chair of the International Affairs Committee tweeted: “Thanks Stephen Ellison, from all @CommonsForeign in your braveness and response.”