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River rescue hero on summer alert

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Description:River rescue hero on summer alert

Saving people who are in danger is worth more than anything, says store owner

As the weather becomes warmer, Wang Xiguang, 50, a store owner from Xingyang in Henan province, becomes more watchful as he walks along a bank of the Yellow River in front of his grocery business.

Frolicking along the river is dangerous but it happens all the time, resulting in drownings. Summer is the peak season and schoolchildren are the major victims.

"For me, rescuing people who are in danger is worth more than anything," said Wang, who has earned himself the nickname "rescue specialist" for saving 31 people from drowning in the river over the past 32 years.

Growing up along the Yellow River, Wang said he almost drowned in it when he was 12, but a villager rescued him. Soon afterward, he started learning how to swim.

He said he has come to know the river well over the years and that it can become even more dangerous in summer.

"It will somehow change its regular course and the currents become more unpredictable," said Wang, who has helped to set up warning signs along some dangerous sections of the waterway.

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