When the couple went to the hospital to check on the little boy, they realized that Xu had saved his father from drowning 3 decades ago, too.
August 3rd, 2018, started off as a peaceful day for Xu and his wife, Wu Xiaome, in Jiangsu Province, China, according to Next Shark. Suddenly, they heard frantic cries for help coming from the river, asp per Shangai.ist. The 80-year-old man didn't think twice before he got into the river to rescue the 8-year-old boy who was in desperate need of help. Xu did this despite suffering injuries two years ago, when he fell down the stairs. Apparently, the little one was playing with his grandmother when he slipped and fell into the water. But, thanks to Xu, he was rescued and taken to the hospital.
The couple headed to the hospital to check if the little one was doing well. That's when he found out that he not only owes Xu his life but his father's too. You see, three decades ago, the little boy's father also fell into the river and was saved from drowning by none other than Xu, according to a video shared by Jiangsu Television. “When I was younger, her son [the boy’s father] was drowning in the river and I jumped to save him,” Xu recalled. “Now that I’m old, I can’t jump anymore.” Since that fateful day, Xu and his wife have helped save at least four other people from drowning in the same river.
Sadly, not everyone is as lucky as Xu. Last year, we reported that a 26-year-old man who tried to save someone from drowning ended up losing his own life. Jacob Farley lost his life trying to save a complete stranger from drowning. According to a report by PEOPLE, the incident happened when the 26-year-old who hails from Wichita, Kansas was on a float trip with his friends on the Elk River in Noel, Missouri. The father of a three-year-old was caught in the river's powerful current but somehow managed to get back safely to the shore. However, he noticed that there was a woman who was still in the water.
Without even a shred of thought, Farley jumped into the water to "attempt a rescue", informed the authorities. As per reports, Farley swam towards Madison Capps, 21, to stop the girl from dying. Apparently, Capps and Farley had been struggling to stay afloat in the water for 30 minutes before the rescue team had arrived. By the time Noel Fire Department arrived, they were only able to save Capps by throwing in a rope that pulled her back to safety. Sadly, by then Farley had drowned. Speaking about this horrific incident, the 21-year-old woman told Fox 43, "I've never been afraid of the water, but now it's going to be different for the rest of my life."
RIP. God bless his family and his parents for raising such a courageous man.— davron (@davron135) June 26, 2019
"'I don't think I'll ever be able to forget that and what he [Farley] did for me,'" she added with gratitude. Capps informed the outlet that she usually takes these float trips most summers. And she participated in this year's annual swim alongside a dozen other people which included her boyfriend. After the rescue team arrived, they secured Capps but as she turned around she could not see Farley anywhere. "I'm feeling guilty because if we hadn't been down there, he wouldn't have jumped in. But he was so brave - and selfless," she said. "He was a stranger," she continued. "He didn't know me. He came to jump and save me anyways." Grateful for Farley's sacrifice, Capps said, "I'm so thankful because I don't know if I would have held on if he weren't down there with me."
After just reading a horrific story on something else on Twitter, it is a huge relief to read this and know there are still very good people in this world.— 🌊 Lyn (@amblynaz) June 26, 2019