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Man feared dead after jumping into Suzhou Creek last night

CITY rescuers are scouting the riverbed of the downtown Suzhou Creek for a young man who jumped into the river last night after quarreling with his girlfriend. The search was still ongoing this morning and nothing was found except the man's backpack and wallet. Police said they had searched a 200-meter section on both sides of the alleged jumping spot and failed to find the man. The chance of his survival was minimal, they said. The incident happened around 9pm last night. The man, in his 20s, had a quarrel with his girlfriend on Nansuzhou Road along the river, near the Wuzhen Road Bridge, witnesses said. "He was mad and suddenly pushed the girl away to run toward the river," a witness said. "He jumped headlong into the water and the girl was shocked and then cried for help." Witnesses soon called the police and one of them jumped into the water trying to save the man but failed as the river was flowing swiftly and it was dark. The man's wallet and backpack were later found near the Zhejiang Road Bridge, 100 meters away from the spot. The girl has been taken away by the police for investigation.

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