Moment of Neti-zen: Drunk woman floats 75km down Yangtze

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-10-16 19:28:01

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A 57-year-old woman from Huangshi, Hubei Province was miraculously unscathed after drifting 10 hours in the Yangtze River across two provinces while passed out drunk.

Shen Ailan was rescued by a couple in Jiangxi Province after floating down the major waterway 75 kilometers from where she entered it, media reported Wednesday.

Her inebriated journey started at 3 pm on July 22, when Shen decided she was sober enough to swim with friends after guzzling down nearly half a liter of baijiu, a strong Chinese grain alcohol.

"I didn't have any safety equipment and later fell asleep in the river," said Shen.

"When I woke up, the sky was dark and I was floating on the river with wooden sticks and garbage tangled in my hair."

Shen, a self-described strong swimmer, tried to reach the bank but the strong current quickly carried her further downstream. She called out for help to nearby boats, but none could react in time.

An hour later, those aboard a boat downstream were able to toss her a buoy.

Shen was finally rescued at 1 am by Ruichang, Jiangxi residents Li Fuchun and his wife as she floated past their boat repair company located along the river.

Li's employees, locals and two police officers also assisted in the rescue.

"I could smell the alcohol on her when we took her out of the water," Li recalled.

Anhui Satellite TV

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