Man rescued after drifting 25 miles in river

WUHAN, June 11 — Authorities in central China’s Hubei Province said they had rescued a man who had drifted in the Yangtze River for four hours after accidentally falling into the water.

The man clung to a life buoy while he drifted for 25 miles before being rescued near a port in Wuhan, capital of Hubei, the municipal maritime safety bureau said Monday.

Officials said the man fell into the water at a sandbar at about 8 p.m. Sunday but luckily found a life buoy in the water. After being carried by the water for over three hours, his cries for help got the attention of the crew on a nearby ship at about 11:30 p.m.

After receiving the report, the bureau immediately sent rescuers to the site, and they pulled the man out of the water around midnight and gave him a quilt and hot noodles.
The local newspaper identified the man as 25-year-old Chen, who fell into the water while fishing. It cited rescuers as saying his survival was “very, very lucky.” – XINHUA