Woman Drunk on Chinese Vodka Goes Swimming in a River, Wakes Up 75 Kilometers Downstream

When 57-year-old Shen Ailan got drunk on two whole bottles of baijiu – a type of Chinese vodka – she decided that a dip in the river was just what she needed to ‘clear her head’. So she dived into the waters of the Yangtze River at Huangshi city, Hubei Province, and passed out soon after. When she finally opened her eyes, she found herself in Ruichang City, Jiangxi province – roughly 75 kilometers away from where she had went into water!

“I decided a dip in the water would clear my head and I remember wading into the water,” she said. “It was the middle of the day and the next thing I knew was everything had gone black.”

Having blacked out in the water, it’s a real miracle that she survived. She was found suffering from acute hypothermia, and the medics who treated her speculated that she might have become semi-conscious after going into the cold water. They added that her body must have acted automatically to keep her head above water as the river’s current swept her downstream.


Despite the rough waters and the numerous bridges, boats and ships en route, Shen wasn’t even seriously injured. If she had hit any obstacle at all on the way, she would surely have been instantaneously killed. Luckily nothing of the sort happened; she woke up 10 hours later and started calling for help.


Shen’s cries were heard by Li Chunfu, a villager from Ruichang. He plunged into the water and pulled her out. “I could smell the alcohol on her when we took her out of the water,” Li recalled.

“I have no idea what happened between going into the water and being pulled out, but I am only grateful that I survived,” the woman told reporters. “And I can certainly say that I won’t be going near alcohol again for some time.”

via Global Times

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