Two men, including one from the Uyghur ethnicity, were hailed heroes for saving a drowning woman’s life.
The woman, Huang Renyue, was walking on a muddy mountain road in Chenzhou, central China’s Hunan Province, when she slipped and fell 20 meters into a lake below.
Hearing Huang’s cries for help, Zhou Zuohong and Hebir Eemet both came to her rescue.
SOUNDBITE: ZHOU ZUOHONG
“I came down to the river, swam for a while and got up to the bank, and then down to the river again and swan towards her.”
SOUNDBITE: HEBIR EEMET
“I thought only about saving her life. I took off my clothes and pants, and left 13,000 Yuan and my cell phone on the bank. All 56 ethnicities in China are one family. I’ll come and help whenever I see someone’s in need.”
The two men were honored “models of morality” at a ceremony in Chenzhou on Monday.