11月17日的外交部例行记者会上，有记者对英国驻重庆总领事馆总领事史云森14日救落水女大学生一事提问，外交部发言人赵立坚回应称：我也看到了有关的报道。他见义勇为的举动值得赞扬，我要为他点个“大大的赞”。（We have seen relevant reports. Such a brave act is commendable and I'd like to give him a big thumbs-up.）
Video footage shared by the consulate shows that a young woman had slipped while taking a photo on a rock beside the river in Zhongshan Old Town, a famous scenic spot in Chongqing. Witnesses told local media that several men immediately rushed to the bank and tried to pull her out of the water, but the woman, apparently unable to swim, struggled in panic and was carried away under the foot bridge by the fast moving current. She soon emerged face down in the water.
Amid the screams of the crowd, a white-haired foreign man took his shoes off quickly and jumped into the water. With the help of the other people on the bank, he swam her to safety.
Britain's mission in Chongqing confirmed on Monday that the foreign man in the video was Ellison, a 61-year-old diplomat who arrived in the city in October. He just started his official term on Monday.
Ellison has lived in China for a total of about nine years, which included a stint as minister counselor and director of the Department for International Trade at the British embassy in Beijing from 2014 to 2018.
He also competed in the Beijing International Triathlon last year and won the event in his age group.