Three Shanghai expats save local girl from drowning

Published:  19 May at 6 PM
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Three expats working in Shanghai are being commended for their bravery in saving a young Chinese girl from drowning.

The three young guys, two Russian students and a French teacher, were sitting on their balcony overlooking a river when they saw someone struggling in the water. Immediately, they rushed downstairs and realised the figure in the water was a teenaged girl choking on swallowed river water and gripping a net.

Thinking quickly rather than simply jumping in themselves, the three formed a chain with one entering the water and attempting to grab the girl’s hand. The first attempt was a failure but they kept on trying, finally managing to haul the distressed girl from the water and onto the river bank. The entire process took just three minutes, and was captured on a nearby security camera.

Soaking wet, crying and obviously in shock, the 17 year-old girl was taken by the three upstairs to their apartment and given dry clothes. The guys couldn’t speak Chinese and the girl had no English, so they called a Korean student friend to help translate. He encouraged her to have a hot bath, and all four stayed with her until the supervisor of their building took charge.

The girl, it transpired, was a student at a vocational school in Jian Qiao University, near to the river and the three expat friends’ apartment block. Security and medical staff from the university were called, spoke to the guys and contacted the girl’s family. Later, the girl’s parents arrived and expressed their extreme gratitude to the three men who’d saved their daughter’s life, giving them each an embroidered banner in commemoration of their heroic rescue. According to a local newspaper, the three expats are to be commended by the president of the university, and it’s likely they will be given a prestigious award by the vocational school's principal.
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