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Shanghai student wins praise for his daring act in Osaka

A SHANGHAI student who saved a nine-year-old boy from a typhoon-swollen river in Japan on Monday has been praised for his heroic actions.

Police in Osaka said the boy was taking pictures with two other students on the banks of the Yodo River when he fell in as he tried to grab a memory card which had fallen out of his camera.

The raging torrent carried the boy more than 350 meters from where he fell before he was spotted by Yan Jun, a 26-year-old student who was visiting an Osaka university in preparation for his plan to study for a doctoral degree there next year.

With no thought for his own safety, Yan leapt into the river to try to grab the boy as the strong currents carried him past. He managed to get hold of the boy and help him out after swimming about 15 meters.

The boy had been in danger of drowning before Yan sprang into action, the China News Service said, citing Japanese police.

Both Yan and the boy were taken to hospital for checks but neither suffered serious injuries. Yan just had some abrasions to his skin.

Police said the boy had wanted to take photos of the flooded river which had become heavily swollen because of Typhoon Man-yi, China News Service reported.

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



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