Fisherman jumps into harbor to rescue drunk woman who lost footing at Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront

Photo via Pixabay/Lynn Greyling
Photo via Pixabay/Lynn Greyling

An intoxicated woman who fell into the harbor in the early hours of Sunday was rescued by a passing fisherman, local media reported.

According to HK01, Li was packing up his fishing equipment around 2:30am outside the Cultural Center by the Tsim Sha Tsui harbor front and about to leave when he noticed a woman pacing up and down near the water.

Li, 43, said the woman was talking loudly on the phone and it sounded like she was waiting for somebody. Then, she sat herself down on a railing by the harbor.

After some time, he noticed that the woman, who is in her thirties, had disappeared. Concerned that she might have fallen in, Li walked towards the edge of the waterfront and saw the woman waving for help in the harbor.

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He threw a lifesaver into the water before jumping in and helping the woman to safety as passerbys called police. He said the woman had alcohol on her breath.

Speaking with HK01, Li said he “wasn’t really thinking” when he jumped in and was just hoping to “save the person first.” He added that he is a competent swimmer and that the woman was luckily not too far from land.

Both Li and the women were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

A similar incident occurred last January when a mainland Chinese tourist at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade lost her balance near the water’s edge. Witnesses threw her a lifesaving ring and pulled her back to shore, Apple Daily reported.

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