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British Diplomat Earns Praise for China River Rescue
Published on: 2020-11-17
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UK 02A British diplomat has been hailed as a hero in China after jumping into a river to save a woman from drowning while other bystanders gathered to film him.
 

Stephen Ellison, the newly appointed British Consul General in Chongqing, was visiting an ancient town on Saturday when another tourist accidentally fell into the water.

Mr Ellison has lived and worked in China for nine years and will be the new Consul General in ChongqingMr Ellison has lived and worked in China for nine years and will be the new Consul General in Chongqing

Mr Ellison, a 61-year-old champion triathlete, leapt into the river without a second thought to rescue the woman, who was already unconscious, according to the British Consulate-General in Chongqing.
 

Video footage shared by the consulate and various Chinese media outlets shows Ellison, 61, jumping fully clothed into the river, where the unnamed woman was struggling to stay afloat.
 

Ellison – by several media accounts an accomplished triathlete – dragged her to a lifebuoy thrown from the riverbank before dragging the two of them to shore.
 

”We are all immensely proud of our Chongqing Consul General,” the British diplomatic mission in China tweeted on Monday.

UK 01Ellison’s actions earned praise from his boss back in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who echoed the sentiments.
 

”Very proud of Stephen Ellison, our new Consul General in Chongqing, China, for saving a student from drowning at the weekend,” he tweeted. “His bravery and commitment demonstrates the very best of British diplomats around the world.”
 

The hashtag “British Consul General in Chongqing saves female student who fell in the water” had gained almost 40 million acknowledgements on Weibo by Monday evening as news of Ellison’s bravery spread.
 

英国驻重庆总领事救落水女大学生

一段英国驻重庆总领事救落水女大学生视频在中国社交媒体上走红,英国广播公司BBC外交记者詹姆斯•兰代尔在推特上分享了这段视频,并发推文称:“一位英国外交官因为在中国跳入河中救下一名溺水学生被称为英雄。周六,61岁的驻重庆总领事史云森从湍急的河流中救下了一位女孩。”
 

英国驻华使馆官方推特账号也发布了这条视频,并配文称:“我们都为我们的驻重庆总领事史云森深感自豪,他跳入河中救下了一名落水学生,并将她带到了安全地方。”

在这两条推文下,中外网友纷纷为这位“英国大叔”点赞,有网友称:“他是一个真正的英雄。”也有网友表示:“这就是改善国际关系的方式。”还有网友说:“非常感谢您善良和勇敢的举动!”

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