Tourist falls 20ft into raging river after jumping on cracked bank – before climbing back up himself

A tourist has miraculously survived unhurt after he fell nearly 20 feet into a raging river in north China. 

The man was taking photos along the riverbank in Li county, Hebei province on May 8 when the accident happened. Witnesses said he had been jumping up and down on the cracked surface of the riverbank. 

Horrifying footage shows the man losing his footing and falling into the narrow gorge after the dry mud crumbled underneath his feet.

Fortunately, the man managed to climb back up himself and was unhurt, according to The Paper. 

The video was captured on the banks of River Zhulong by other tourists, who had gathered to watch the seasonal discharge of the Wangkuai Reservoir upstream.

In the widely circulated clip, the man was seen holding his phone while deliberately jumping up and down beside a large crack on the riverbank. 

Despite the obvious risk of plunging into the narrow gorge, the man continues hopping on the riverbank until it finally collapses, causing him to disappear over the edge. 

He fell roughly six metres (20 feet) into the fast-moving river but managed to climb back to land further downstream.

He was not injured but lost his mobile phone in the process, The Paper reported. 

The county’s Water Resources Bureau said the reservoir discharge began in April and is scheduled to end on June 1.   

Security personnel are patrolling the banks of the Zhulong River during this period, but officials have urged members of the public to avoid the spectacle for their own safety.


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