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River rescue hero


River rescue hero

OSAKA — Local authorities are bestowing honours upon a Chinese man this month, after he rescued a boy during a typhoon. Yan Jun, a 26-year-old student, was jogging along the Yodo river in Osaka’s Kita ward when he spotted a nine-yearold boy in trouble. The area was badly flooded by a typhoon that led to evacuations in some parts of Kyoto. Yan jumped into the river but was overwhelmed by the current, and had to get out, run some 350 meters down the bank, and jump in again before he could grab the youngster. For his brave actions, Yan has been given a certificate of commendation from Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and the chief of Osaka’s prefectural police. Yan plans to enter a PhD programme in Osaka next year.

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