This was his last photo. The unthinkable happened shortly after
That’s unfortunately true. However, he didn’t die in vain. After taking his last photo, Cheng realized that three children fell into the water and they were slowly drowning. He knew it had to be him to help those children. Cheng couldn't swim and he also could drown, but saving these children's lives was much more important in that moment. He couldn't just watch how death takes those innocent lives.
He heard them crying and that was enough to revive his courage and make him dive into the water. After saving the last child, another man went to help Cheng. He gave an 11-year-old girl to this man and then disappeared below the surface.
When other people came to help him, it was already too late. “He was already dead when we got him out of the water. There was nothing we could do to save his life”, said one of the witnesses of the incident.