Elderly woman rescued after falling into frozen river in China

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 December, 2017, 11:54am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 December, 2017, 4:06pm

A man braved a frozen river to rescue a 70-year-old woman who fell into its icy waters in northern China, a news website reported.

Shi Lei, 54, saw the woman fall while he was riding his bike in Baoding in Hebei province early on Tuesday morning, Thepaper.cn reported.

Other passers-by standing on a bridge called for the police, but Shi immediately crawled across the ice to pull the woman out, according to the report.

He had to smash some of the ice with his hands, taking about a minute to free the woman and pull her to safety.

Another man helped by holding on to the rescuer’s clothes so Shi, too, did not fall into the freezing water.

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The woman was later taken home by Shi, several passers-by and her relatives.

Shi was quoted as saying: “It was really freezing in the water, but I didn’t have time to think about it at the time.”

He told the website that after the rescue he went home, took a shower, drank a bowl of ginger water and then went to work.

No details were given in the report about how the woman fell into the water.