A policeman in China successfully saved a boy who was hanging on a cliff next to a waterfall in a daring rescue mission which won the applause of netizens.

The policeman descends into the gap with the help of others. Photo: China News Network

With the help of around a dozen people, the officer in southwestern China’s Guizhou descended into a narrow gap between two cliffs using ropes as a harness.

The policeman descends into the gap with the help of others. Photo: China News Network

Pictures from China News Network show how the policeman reached the boy and grabbed him whilst water was raging around them. The pair were pulled up by other police officers and residents holding onto the ropes.

Water raging below. Photo: China News Network

The boy fell into the gap on Sunday afternoon when he was playing nearby with his friends, the news portal said.

The policeman manages to grab the boy. Photo: China News Network

He managed to grab onto a stone before rescuers came.

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Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.