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Shanghai student hailed as hero in Japan for saving boy from raging river

A Shanghai student who saved a 9-year-old boy who fell into the typhoon-swollen torrential water of a river in Japan yesterday was given high praise by local police and Japanese netizens.  

Osaka Police said a fourth-grader who was taking pictures with two middle school students along the Yodo River fell into the river at about 5pm when he attempted to catch his camera's memory card, which had fallen out. The boy was washed more than 350 meters from where he fell.

Yan Jun, 26, a student from Shanghai who plans to study for a doctoral degree in Osaka next year, jumped into the river to save the boy when he saw him pass by, carried by the strong currents. He caught the boy and helped him out of the river after swimming some 15 meters.

The boy was in danger of drowning, police said. Yan and the boy were sent to the hospital and were found to have no serious injuries. Yan had some chafing on his skin.

The boy wanted to take photos of flooding at the river, which has become swollen due to the influence of Typhoon Man-yi. The memory card fell to the ground while he was taking pictures.

"I never imagined the flood could be so torrential before I jumped into the river," Yan wrote on sina Weibo, "I almost died in the water even though I always exercise as part of my daily routine."

Some Japanese netizens praised Yan for his bravery and asked local police to honor him for his brave deed after several Japanese media reported the rescue.


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