Planet China

Hero to Zero

Aren’t heroes supposed to be unforgettable? Last week a woman was spotted standing naked on a riverbank in Nanjing in Jiangsu province, before jumping into the river. Despite the freezing water, a young man dived in to save her. Once the girl was pulled out of the water, bystanders rushed to help her. But no one seems to have remembered the rescuer himself. Pictures that went viral on weibo show him having to climb unassisted up a steep ledge out of the river. “Everyone was watching the naked woman, but no one lent a hand to the rescuer,” one netizen wrote. But the story gets worse. The Good Samaritan, a local student, wrote on his personal weibo that after he had managed to drag himself back to shore, he found that his wallet and smartphone had been stolen from his trousers, which he had removed before jumping into the water. However, our hero took this philosophically: “I comfort myself, that to save one life is better than building a seven-story pagoda… It’s still worth it.”

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