The best part of this video is definitely when the Swedish man, a tourist visiting China for the first time, jumps into the water to save a drowning woman.
But if we had to pick a second best part, it would have to be the heavily accented voices of the locals saying, “And it’s a laowai!” The shock of what they just witnessed, we’re sure, could have made their heads explode.
The townsfolk have begun calling the man, identified only as 53-year-old “Harald,” according to Go Chengdoo, as “Foreign Lei Feng.” The woman he saved on December 6 near Jinjiang Bridge has yet to speak on the record, but an eyewitness from Shanghai was so moved that she presented him a bouquet and said he had “changed her life.”
Go Chengdoo also reports:
[Harald] told the reporter that he was in Chengdu on a 10-day business trip, and that although this was the first time he had rescued somebody from a river, it was not a big deal, in part because the river in Chengdu in wintertime isn’t as cold as Sweden’s rivers in the summer.
So, swimming in the cold river: no big deal. Saving someone’s life?
Well done, Harald… if that is your real life.