An arranged marriage groom was so upset when he saw his bride for the first time that he tried to drown himself.
Kang Hu, 33, stunned guests, family and friends when he apologised to bride Na Sung, 30, telling her that she was ‘too ugly’ to marry.
He then walked out of the wedding venue in the city of Shiyan in central China’s Hubei province – and was later seen walking along the river, which he threw himself into.
Pal Chan Wang said: ‘The bride was devastated, her family were furious, his family were furious, and we his friends were embarrassed.
‘Kang has very exact tastes and had been forced into this marriage.’
Passers-by who discovered Kang in the river called the police as they rushed down to help.
Qan Tsui, 25, who captured the scene said: ‘He was fully clothed and floating face down in the water.
‘He was unconscious and I thought he was dead.
‘When the police arrived one jumped in and dragged him ashore with the help of foremen who put a rope around his chest to pull him out before pumping his chest.
‘They saved his life.’
Kang was rushed to hospital where doctors said he was in a stable condition.
He later explained: ‘I feel bad about what happened but when I saw her she wasn’t what I had expected and I realised she would be bad for my image.
‘My parents had arranged this and I couldn’t see any way out apart from suicide.’