After Rescuing Girl From Polluted River, Chinese Policeman Gets Sick

28 May, 2013 at 07:09 | Posted in Body & Mind, China, Environmental issues, Society, sustainable development | Leave a comment
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By Cassie Ryan
Epoch Times

A police officer ended up ill in hospital after jumping into a filthy river in Zhejiang Province to rescue a 14-year-old girl trying to commit suicide.

Zhang Guangcong, 51, dived beneath the severely polluted water three times to reach the teenager, who had sunk below the surface of the river in Wenzhou City.

He told the Metro Express that the water was so dirty he kept his eyes closed the whole time, and relied on instinct to find her.

A few hours later, Zhang began to cough and vomit, and went to the hospital the next day with other symptoms like dizziness, and skin irritation. He was diagnosed with a severe lung infection, probably caused by bacteria from the dirty water.

According to the Express, that part of the river is black with pollution, and has a terrible stench. The banks are covered in rotten food and other domestic waste, and there are rats running around during the day.

An elderly local called Mr. Lin told the media that he used to wash his clothes in the river, but now no one dares go near the water. He added: “A badge factory discharges its electroplating waste directly into the river; they were sued by residents over 10 years ago, but they kept on doing it anyway.”

Read more: After Rescuing Girl From Polluted River, Chinese Policeman Gets Sick » The Epoch Times

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