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British Diplomat honoured after rescuing Chinese student

A British Diplomat hailed a hero has been honoured as a way of thanks after rescuing after Chinese student from a river.

Stephen Ellison, the consul-general in Chongqing, was given a jinqi, a crimson velvet banner with gold tassels traditionally given in gratitude after he jumped in to pull the 24-year-old student to safety when she slipped on rocks and fell into the water.

The banner bore the words “jumping into the water to save people, righteous and courageous”.

Footage shared on TikTok captured the incident, with onlookers panicking at the sight of the young woman seemingly losing consciousness facedown in the waters of a scenic spot.

While everyone else screams in fright, Elison, 61, quickly takes off his shoes and jumps in.

He reaches the student and grabs hold of her before being tossed a life ring.

The British Embassy immediately tweeted that they were ‘immensely proud’ of Elison for his heroic act.


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