2011-10-25 16:19 ChineseTime

GUANGZHOU - A man who died last week trying to save a drowning woman has been declared a hero by the city government.

Niu Zuotao, 31, a retired soldier, originally from Heze of East China's Shandong province, was walking along the river with friends when they saw a woman jump into the Pearl River at about 8:40 pm last Tuesday, police said at a news conference on Saturday.Niu quickly took off his shoes and jumped into the river. He tried to pull the woman from behind to the riverbank, but the terrified woman made it difficult for him to get a grip on the bank and they drifted out into the middle of the river, until both were out of strength and drowned. Niu's body was found the next day.



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