Ottawa-Chinese Father Drowns in Attempt to Save His Son

The Ottawa Chinese community is raising money for a young family after a 40-year-old father tragically died in attempt to rescue his son from drowning while at a winter vacation in Cuba. According to Fanyan Bu, her husband, Yue Liu, and their seven-year-old were swimming in the ocean at a beach resort last week when an enormous wave drew them both in deep waters. Bu alleged that “my son couldn’t swim very well, so my husband tried to push him to shore.”

Bu and her nine-year-old daughter were at the hotel’s pool at the time of incident.  According to witnesses, Liu succeeded in keeping his son’s head above water as he screamed for help. Consequently, another Canadian heard them calling and jumped into the water to try and save the pair. Accordingly, Liu and his son were pulled out of the water, however Liu was not able to make it despite several attempts of resuscitation. Bu alleged that “I miss him a lot” as “every time I see his picture I want to cry.”

The Ottawa Chinese community has unanimously decided to raise money to help support the young family and bring Liu’s body home and pay for funeral cost. A family supporter, Andy Wang, stated that “in 24 hours, in one day, about $20,000 were raised by members of the Chinese community from all across Ottawa.” Speaking about Liu’s son, she alleged that “he cried a lot” but “I said ‘no, your father is in heaven because he did things. If you are happy, your father will be happy in heaven.’”

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