The powerful typhoon Man-yi that swept through central Japan on Monday dumped enough rain to completely submerge parts of Kyoto, with the majority of rivers in Kansai high or bursting their banks. Shortly after the storm had passed, a group of schoolboys ventured out to take some snaps of trains passing over a nearby bridge when the youngest, a nine-year-old elementary school student, lost his footing and fell into Osaka’s Yodo River, which was flowing dangerously fast as a result of the heavy rain.
The boy was unable to reach the riverbank and was quickly dragged downstream, his young friends powerless to help. Thankfully, an extremely brave Chinese exchange student was passing by at that exact moment.
The incident occurred at around 4:05 p.m. on Monday in Osaka’s Toyosaki Ward when the boy, accompanied by two friends, stopped by a railway bridge that crosses the Yodo River in order to take photographs of trains as they thundered by.
Beginning at Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, the Yodo River is some 120 kilometers long, making it the longest river in Osaka. Owing to the recent typhoon, however, the river was much higher and running wilder than normal at the time of the accident, as can be seen in the following footage shot on YouTube from Tomoya Fujisaki.
The boy is thought to have been edging down the steep riverbank in order to retrieve an SD memory card that he had dropped, when he suddenly slipped and fell into the water.
In the strong current, the boy was swept some 350 meters downstream in a matter of moments. Fortunately, 26-year-old foreign exchange student Yan Jun was walking alongside the river at that precise moment and saw the boy struggling in the muddy water. He immediately dived in and pulled the boy to safety, whereupon they were both taken to a nearby hospital. Aside from a few minor cuts and bruises the boy was unhurt, as was his heroic rescuer.
Source: Naver Matome
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