Date
23 January 2017
Babar (inset) pulls the unconscious would-be suicide to safety. The man apparently jumped over the railing into the open canal. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Babar (inset) pulls the unconscious would-be suicide to safety. The man apparently jumped over the railing into the open canal. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

HK-born Pakistani hailed for saving suicidal foreigner

A 24-year-old Hong Kong-born Pakistani is being hailed as a hero after saving a suicidal man drowning in a canal.

The Pakistani jumped in and pulled the man to safety when others did not lift a finger, Apple Daily reports.

Police said the would-be suicide is a 33-year-old foreigner who has been depressed over the breakup of his relationship.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital by emergency responders.

The Pakistani, named Babar, said he was having breakfast around 8 a.m. on Saturday in Hi Lee Path in Yuen Long when he heard something crash into the water.

He saw the man unconscious in knee-deep water and did not think for a moment before plunging to his rescue, according to the report.

Babar, who works as a janitor, came away unscathed but lost the use of his water-logged mobile phone.

Touched by his bravery, a Robinson Road woman gave Babar a HK$3,488 (US$444) iPhone SE, the report said.

Babar, a third-generation Hong Kong Pakistani, said he has always considered himself a Hongkonger despite experiencing racial discrimination in school.

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