Girlfriend Drowns After Young Man Jumps in River to Save Ex

In China, a young man jumped into a river and saved his ex-girlfriend but his current girlfriend drowned.

In China, a young man jumped into a river and saved his ex-girlfriend but his current girlfriend drowned.

From NetEase:

Young Man, Ex-Girlfriend, and Current Girlfriend Jump Into River One After Another, Ex-Girlfriend is Saved While Current Girlfriend Drowns

If your ex-girlfriend and your current girlfriend both fall into the water, just which one do you save? Yesterday afternoon, at the Longzhou Bay section of Banan district’s Binjiang Road (shortened to “Babin Road”) [in Chongqing], one young man answered this question with his actions, but unfortunately, because of this answer, one girl paid with her life…


Three people jumped into the river one after another

Moored by the Longzhou Bay stretch of Babin Road is a pontoon, and because the area is relatively remote, the pontoon operates as a restaurant, called “Yanglin Fishing Port”. Normally, other than those who come here to eat or attend banquets, there aren’t a lot of people around.

Ms. Tian is a waitress on the pontoon, and she told this reporter that yesterday afternoon at around 4:10, she and a coworker were coming back to start their night shift after visiting Yudong. “We arrived at the pontoon and have to climb a flight of stairs, but as we were going up, we suddenly heard someone on the pontoon shouting ‘Someone jumped into the water!'” Ms. Tian’s heart clenched and she ran towards the shouting whereupon she saw the figures of two people splashing about in the Yangtze River. Before she could react, another figure jump into the river.

About four to five minutes later, the two people who were first in the water climbed onto the riverbank overgrown with weeds. Ms. Tian and the two were were separated by over 100 meters but she could clearly see that it was a man and a woman, that the shirt and pants the man wore were both black, while the woman was wearing a white top and red skirt.

Then, with the pair completely soaked and sitting on the ground, Ms. Tian went over to ask them if they needed help. “At the time, the two couldn’t stop shaking.” Ms. Tian says during that time, the man was sobbing and repeatedly reproaching the woman: “It’s all because of you, all because of you…” The woman was crouched on the ground, both hands covering her face, silent.

Because both of their mobile phones had been submerged in water, they were unable to call the police, so Ms. Tian called 110 and 119 [emergency numbers in China] for them. Soon, members of the Longzhou Bay police station and Longzhou Bay firefighting squad arrived. During this time, Yanglin Fishing Port employee Yang Zhengquan rowed a fishing boat out to fish out the woman who had jumped into the water, but unfortunately, she was already dead.


One woman died

Yesterday evening, Yang Zhengquan told this reporter that when the incident happened, he was doing welding on his fishing boat. When he realized what had happened, a man and a woman were already swimming towards the riverside. “By the looks of it, the man more or less knew how to swim, and he dragged the woman onto shore.

Yang Zhengquan introduced himself as 48 years old, the boatswain of Yanglin Fishing Port. “When I learned that there was another woman who had not been rescued ashore, I immediately took my fishing boat to search.” Yang Zhengquan says, in the end, in an area by the shore, he found the woman’s remains while probing the depths with a bamboo pole, then used a fishhook to snag her clothes and pull her up onto the boat. Very quickly, several other coworkers arrived and together they carried her onto shore, but regrettably, the woman already showed no signs of life.

Yang Zhengquan also told this journalist that the place where the three entered the water was on the edge of an area where the water depth was basically about knee-deep, but just a bit further, there was a hole over 2 meters deep. With the river waters being swift at the time, the woman unfortunately drowned in that area.

“At noon, a coworker had seen the three people arrive at the shore where the incident occurred, every so often overhearing the sounds of argument, but no one paid it any mind,” Ms. Tian learned from coworkers.

Analysis of cause

A tragedy caused by a love dispute

Yesterday evening, according to one of the firefighters who participated in the rescue, after the young man and woman came ashore, they said the three of them were all over 20 years old, all work in a financial company in the Longzhou Bay commercial district, that the two girls were the young man’s ex-girlfriend and current girlfriend. Yesterday afternoon, they met by the Yangtze River side to talk about the relationship problems between them. Previously, the ex-girlfriend had made a demand, that the current girlfriend leave the young man. However, after many hours of discussion, they still couldn’t reach an agreement. Unexpectedly, the ex-girlfriend jumped into the river. Upon seeing this and without even taking off his clothes, the young man jumped in after her. Then, in her anger upon seeing her boyfriend jump into the river for his ex-girlfriend, the current girlfriend also chose to jump in. In the end, the boyfriend rescued the ex-girlfriend, while his current girlfriend drowned in the river. It wasn’t until over 10 minutes later that the other girl was dredged up, but by that time, there were already no signs of life.

After the accident, the funeral parlor and 120 [emergency] medical personnel very quickly arrived and when it was confirmed that the woman could not be resuscitated, the funeral parlor vehicle took her body away.

Presently, police are still verifying the identities of the three and still investigating the specific reasons for jumping into the river.


Love is not the only course in life

Chinese Psychological Society member and New Faction psychologist Chen Zhilin: Comparing life and lost love, life is clearly more important. If you don’t have life, how can you enjoy true love? Life is mostly lived through trials and hardships, so whether it be breakups or falling passionately in love, one must face them calmly and avoid handling things impulsively. “Other than this, love is just one course/lesson in life, but there are more courses in life than just love. There is also career, family, friends…” Chen Zhilin suggests that regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, you must not live just for love, and instead you should live for all-around happiness in one’s life.

Comments from NetEase:

诗大大 [网易广东省东莞市手机网友]:

In the end, back to the same place! Evaluation complete!

orange09321 [网易山东省烟台市手机网友]:

The boyfriend is unreliable, the current girlfriend is really foolish, may no one in heaven steal your boyfriend.

小二哥i [榜上有名]:

The killing power of the ex is indeed strong…

网易北京市手机网友 ip:114.242.*.*

Let me analyze this. The guy is reliable [reasonable/good], anyone would go and try to save someone, but it is the two girlfriends who are too affected [melodramatic].

法西斯VS [网易福建省手机网友]:

The dry dry to death, while the flooded flood to death!

[Note: This is an idiom pointing out gross disparities.]

蒙a老曹 [网易山西省晋中市手机网友]:

Looks like a lot of thought was put into selecting this place to meet and talk.

3172a17eb8175787eb6d87a0 [网易安徽省阜阳市手机网友]:

Jumping into a river [committing suicide] for these things is so not worth it.

棉花做的翅膀 [网易浙江省杭州市手机网友]:

Shouldn’t the ex-girlfriend be held responsible for this??

网易北京市手机网友 ip:111.206.*.*

Was it necessary? Now there’s one more bachelor.

iningdao [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:

The headline is a mouthful. The ex is the one he really loves.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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