According to RocketNews24.com
, the Chinese language news site Sohu
, reports that the team of 18 officers worked frantically for nearly an hour to rescue what looked like a lady in distress. News about the heroic rescue attempt spread and a crowd of about 1,000 curious, excited and anxious spectators gathered at the scene. The crowd blocked traffic and prevented firefighters and rescue officials from reaching the scene.
The officers worked for more than 40 minutes before they were able to recover the body. But when they brought the "body" ashore they realized it was only an inflatable sex doll.
According to Sohu
, while the body floated about 40-50 meters from the river bank, it was difficult to distinguish it from a real human body and not until the officers had brought it ashore did they confirm it wasn't a real human body.
After the exasperated officers realized it was only a sex doll they had risked their lives to rescue, they displayed it to the curious crowd that gathered. When the crowd realized it was only a sex doll, they dispersed. Embarrassed mothers covered their children's faces and hurried them away from the scene before they could ask awkward questions.
reported last month that a local Chinese news station aired a story about a discarded sex toy mistaken for a "magical" mushroom.