A British diplomat has been hailed as a hero after diving right into a river in China to avoid wasting a drowning scholar.Stephen Ellison, 61, consul-general in Chongqing, was strolling by a river in a close-by village when the girl, 24, slipped on rocks into the deep water.Footage filmed by onlookers confirmed her wrestle within the fast-moving present, disappear underneath a footbridge and emerge face down, apparently unconscious.Mr Ellison took off his footwear and dived in to avoid wasting her. She has not been named.Stephen Ellison, centre, mentioned the girl was shaken by the expertise however recoveringThe consul basic, who takes half in triathlons, turned the scholar over, lifted her face away from the water and swam backwards to the steep sided riverbank.”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 advised the BBC of the rescue, which happened on Saturday morning.The diplomat held onto a lifebuoy connected to a rope that had been thrown in the direction of him by passers-by, who then pulled the girl to security. Mr Ellison swam spherical to shallower rocks and climbed out. He was given dry garments and heat drinks by grateful villagers.He mentioned the scholar, who’s from Wuhan and attends Chongqing University, was shaken by the expertise and recovering slowly.But she was extraordinarily grateful and has invited him to dinner along with her household subsequent weekend.Mr Ellison, initially from Newcastle, is head of the British mission in Chongqing – the place his function is primarily to help bilateral commerce hyperlinks between Britain and China.’In China we name him a hero’Kerry Allen – China media analystRelations between China and the UK have been quickly deteriorating over the previous 12 months, amid rows over Hong Kong, tech agency Huawei and the coronavirus.Yet there’s full reward on-line for Mr Ellison, with Chinese social media customers calling him a “hero”, a “role model” and somebody who’s “worthy of admiration” for saving the scholar, who media mentioned fell “while taking pictures”. He’s being described as “uncle”, a time period almost by no means used to explain foreigners.Story continues”You’d call such a person a knight in the UK; in China we call him a hero,” one consumer on the favored Sina Weibo web site says.”For such a big official to go into the water himself to save someone… you’ve got to like this,” one other wrote.Footage of the incident filmed on locals’ telephones has racked up greater than 1,000,000 views after it was posted on-line by fashionable media retailers Global Times and Pear Video. It’s additionally obtained locals doing a little bit of self-reflection on how they view foreigners.Despite current unfavourable feeling in the direction of Britain, many Chinese say they’re “shocked” that “so many [local] people were watching, and not a single person rushed to the water themselves” to assist.Such scenes are widespread in China – crowds of individuals standing watching a creating incident. Many fear that speeding to contain themselves may result in their being implicated. Where this has occurred beforehand, many have debated whether or not China has a “morality” subject.