On the morning of Saturday, February 9, an American named James suddenly collapsed at the Liede station of Guangzhou Metro Line 5. The video of the incident was just made available, which you can watch above.
A subway attendant, Zhang Jie, supported James's head while her colleague rubbed his chest. He remained unresponsive for a minute, at which point, while waiting for rescue personnel to arrive, Ms. Zhang began performing CPR. She said he remained unresponsive until after her third attempt, when he let out a breath of air.
On March 1, a tourist fell into the Pearl River in Guangzhou while taking pictures. Police officer Zheng Yilong, who happened to be passing by, dove into the water after him and managed to corral him to shore. You can watch part of the dramatic rescue in the video above. But while people pulled the tourist to safety, officer Zheng drifted away from their grasp, and disappeared underwater. His body has yet to be found.
Thousands of friends, classmates, and strangers, many of them wearing white flowers, gathered on Gangtie Road in Xingtai, Hebei province at 9 am on Wednesday to bid farewell to Ren Wei, a 16-year-old who drowned while trying to save a man who fell through ice on February 16. Even sanitation workers held banners that read, "RIP Ren Wei," and "Ren Wei, we'll always cherish your memory."
“Finders, keepers.” Perhaps you’ve found yourself, in the throes of prepubescence, uttering this phrase to a classmate or friend as you pocket a nickel or dime, or pack of fruit candy, or nub of pencil eraser. In Shanghai’s Changning district recently, this playground idea of “finders, keepers” was taken to the illogical extreme, as a... Read more »
Recently in Chongqing, an 87-year-old man surnamed Wang stumbled and fell outside his building in a residential community. He laid there for a full five minutes before a security guard helped him up. A surveillance camera recorded 45 people, reportedly, ignore him. Near the end of Wang's ordeal, a group of people surrounded him and rubbernecked as if he were a car accident. Finally, two security guards helped him back to his apartment.
Evil exists: primeval notions of violence, vengeance, as impossible to stamp out as the biological markers in our DNA that shape us as the wonderful and pathetic creatures we are. Yet out of every reprehensible, sinister act, we are simultaneously given the chance for redemption: an opportunity for a correlating heroic measure. Since the dawn... Read more »
In this video, a woman in Taipei’s Songshan subway station — whether distracted by a phone call, drunk, or what – walks off the edge of the platform and appears to make a hand landing on the track. A man from the opposite side sees this and quickly goes in for the rescue, with the help of... Read more »
In Yongkang, Zhejiang province last Friday, a 31-year-old millionaire named Du Guanghua had dinner with an employee who got a bit too drunk and fell into a river. Du dove after his colleague, 20-year-old Zhao Shengxi. Only one of them came out of the water alive.
If our faith in humanity is to be restored, we can do worse than starting here. On Saturday at about 9 pm, a man fell onto the tracks at Sihui station on Beijing’s Subway Line 1. With a train rumbling down the tunnel, passengers rushed to the edge of the platform — “almost in unison,... Read more »
In Tongxiang county, Jiaxing, Zhejiang province recently, a five-year-old boy named Yan Zhe was killed when he wandered in front of a parked bus whose driver did not see him before accelerating. In the video, you see the driver leave his vehicle, realize what he's done, and then... nothing.
Early Monday morning in Hengyang, Hunan province, a woman was knocked down in the middle of the road. After calling the police, some helpful passersby shone lights around the area as a warning to passing vehicles. Shockingly, however, not only did cars not slow down, but some proceeded to run right over the wounded woman, ensuring her death.
You'll have to pardon the first half-minute of this video; I'm not sure either why someone felt it necessary to play the accident back and again, back and again. But everything about this story, which happened in Ningbo last month and was recently publicized, gets better: four women who were passing by immediately went to the victim and tried to resuscitate him. We're not sure exactly what they did, but the video shows one of them pressing on his chest. The man survived.
The person who took this video was out with his colleague on Sunday in Tianjin when he saw two men steal a woman's phone and attempt their getaway on a motorcycle. Our videographer was in his car, mind you, so he did what any person would: pursue. Pursue recklessly, if need be. The chase ends with him knocking down the thieves' motorcycle, but it wasn't exactly mission accomplished. As he writes in the video description: "My colleague and I got out of our car to intercept them, but no one else helped the two of us stop the two thieves, so we couldn't overtake them. Later my colleague and I dialed the police at 110."
You want to know why people are sometimes reluctant to help strangers? Take this incident from Monday in Shenzhen, as reported by Hebei News. It’s a sad reflection on society when even a lost toddler can pose a hazard to one’s health. A 33-year-old man surnamed Chai was with some friends on a public plaza... Read more »
Recently in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, a traffic accident has led some people to praise two men for being Good Samaritans, but... pardon me for not completely seeing it. In the video, it looks like the female scooterist knocks herself out when she rams her head into the side of an encroaching vehicle. The man next to her then scoops her off the ground (what happened to stabilizing the neck?), and we're told that he -- along with someone else who stops to help -- hails a taxi to send her to the hospital. Whatever happened to ambulances? Oh well. Thought that counts!
Act IV: In Which The Driver Is Sentenced To Three And A Half Years In Jail On Wednesday, the Nanhai District People’s Court in Foshan, Guangdong province convicted Hu Jun of involuntary homicide and sentenced him to three and a half years in jail. According to Xinhua, “The court said it also issued a lenient sentence... Read more »
On Sunday in Yantai, Shandong province's Golden Sands beach, a young man surnamed Ji swam a bit too far into the sea and went under. As Tencent Online tells it via 365jia (pictures from there), an Australian named Jason relaxing a few hundred meters away saw this and sprung to action.
This is one of those stories that are a mark of contemporary China, or result of. Recently in Shanghai, an old man fainted and fell. Instead of helping him, people stood around and watched (for him to do what, exactly?), and one man, surnamed Liu, took out his phone and began filming. (Again, what for?)
Remember the three migrant workers who rescued a woman from drowning in Qingdao? Another woman was rescued from drowning recently in Nanjing, but under completely different circumstances. The woman walked into a lake and kept going farther and farther from shore, ala Edna Pontellier in The Awakening. After her rescue by an out-of-town soldier surnamed Zhou,... Read more »