A Perth man who rescued a drowning swimmer at a Chinese seaside resort has this week received a "most extraordinary person" award.
Jason Rooke believes he is the first foreigner voted by the public to receive one of the 10 awards handed out every two years in Yantai in the Shandong province.
The 38-year-old saved the swimmer in August after he heard shouts from a man struggling with two flotation rings in a strong current about 50m off a beach in the north-eastern province. He then saw a second man floating face down.
When Mr Rooke realised no one was swimming out to help, he and his golden retriever, Cindy, jumped in, with the dog directing him to the submerged man.
Mr Rooke pulled the unconscious man to shore, where others helped carry him up the beach, then started CPR until medics arrived.
Mr Rooke, who has lived in China for six years, said he heard the next day that the man had survived.