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This is the moment a young girl and her mother are plucked from the rapids of a fast-moving river after having been swept away in the wake of a dam discharge.
The accident happened at the Shu River Park in Ju County, which is in Rizhao City in East China’s Shandong Province.
According to reports, the girl and her mum were playing near the river Shu when they both stumbled into the rising water being discharged from the reservoir upstream.
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In the video, witnesses can be seen leaping into the river as the young girl floats towards them.
She is plucked out the rapids and then handed to others nearby before someone shouts: “There’s another one!”
The girl’s mum floats into view and was also caught by some of the five men who jumped into the water.
Mother and daughter were saved in half a minute and both survived thanks to the rescuers.
They were taken to hospital for treatment and are understood to be in stable condition.
Yin Shijun, one of the rescuers, recalled: “Someone pointed and said: ‘Save them!’ then the boy floated downstream.
“I threw my phone on the side and jumped in to grab her. I was swept away too.”
Zhu Conglong, who is employed at the dam upstream, said: “Although the water wasn’t deep, it was moving fast and there were huge rocks on the riverbed.
“I caught the girl but couldn’t even stand properly.”
Yu Zenghui, who does not know how to swim, said: “There was no time for me to be scared.
“I saw her in the water and could only think of saving her.
“There wasn’t even time for me to remember that I couldn’t swim.”