A 60-year-old Hong Kong woman who ran into the sea off the island of Cheung Chau in an apparent suicide attempt was rescued by the timely intervention of no fewer than seven workers from a nearby restaurant on Sunday evening.

The woman had burst into tears and dashed into the water at about 7pm after a heated row with her husband, Oriental Daily reported. Seven men from the Pok Oi Swimming Services Centre restaurant jumped into the sea and pulled her 20 meters back to the shore, Apple Daily reported.

Firefighters took over, expelling water from her lungs and restoring her to consciousness, before she was sent to hospital on Hong Kong Island.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline +852 2896 0000 or emails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.