Stephen Ellison, a British diplomat, saved a life in China over the weekend after he jumped into a river to rescue an unconscious woman in the water.

Ellison is being called a hero all over social media after a video of the rescue was posted on various platforms to show the bravery and care he had for a stranger. 

He’s actually the British Consul General in Chongquing that was recently elected, and he was visiting Zhongshan on Saturday. He’s 61-years-old and not only a diplomat, but a triathlete as well. 

He has lived in China for almost a decade and participates in triathlons throughout the country. Just last year, he participated in the Beijing International Triathlon where he was the top athlete for his age group, stated the Telegraph

The 24-year-old woman was said to have fallen in whilst taking photos next to the river. Ellison quickly hopped into the fast-flowing water bring her back to shore. 

Knowing he had the capability of saving her, he didn’t even hesitate to hop into the water. He only paused for a moment to remove his shoes.

This act earned him the titles “hero,” “role model” and “uncle,” which is a name to show respect in the Chinese culture.

"She was unconscious, she was not breathing and for a short time we feared the worst. But as we got back to the side, she started breathing again," he explained to BBC.

Since the water was flowing so rapidly, a bystander threw them a life ring which helped pull both into shore. 

There were many people on social media showing him praise, even the British Embassy in China. 

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