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Police praise duo who helped save man on motorway

POLICE have praised two men who stopped and helped save a man who threatened to throw himself from a bridge over the M6.

The 32-year-old man had climbed over the bridge at Junction 40 near Penrith and threatened to harm himself around 7pm on Saturday.

Police were alerted to the situation by a passing heavy goods vehicle driver.

Officers went to speak to the man, who had taken a quantity of tablets and alcohol, and was struggling to balance on the bridge.

An officer managed to grab the man as he lost his footing and was about to fall from the bridge to the motorway carriageway below.

The officer managed to hold the man up on the bridge but, due to the position of the man, was unable to pull him to safety.

Two members of the public who were driving past stopped to help and also grabbed the man and prevented him from falling further.

With the help of more police who arrived at the scene, the man was brought to safety.

He was taken for treatment at the Cumbria Infirmary Infirmary in Carlisle where he was recovering today.

A police spokesman said: “The actions of the two men who came to assist have undoubtedly helped prevent any harm coming to the man.

“Their quick thinking and assistance helped prevent the man from falling and ensured he was brought to safety.

“I would like to thank them for stopping and doing what they did.”

Have your say

To katherine hill, please dont judge people like that, obviously you dont understand how low some people can get , i work in mental health and have done so for many many years, i once talked someone down from a railway bridge and saved them ,people who get this low need help and cannot see any other way out but suicide , they dont all think 'ooo i will take myself away and kill myself there as no one will be there'. They just want to end life by any means THEY feel fit to be able to do and as fast as they can.
SOME members of the public also jump to the conclusion that it is a 'EASY,SIMPLE OR COWARDS' way out, but it would take a lot of guts to carry it through (even in drink) , so please dont comment so negativly people who are this low, alcohol is often used in most cases to be able to do it (but not in all cases).
police wont see it as a waste of their time if it is a serious and real attempt , as they WOULD be saving a human life . who can then get admitted into a mental health unit for help and assesment and hopefully recovery,

Posted by A mental health worker on 23 July 2012 at 15:46

Something that should be considered, in this type of case, is that people who choose places where thet might be seen may actually want to be saved. It could be that this is the only way they can think of, in their disturbed minds, for them to get the attention they desire. They might not even be conciously aware of that desire.

Posted by David J. Ross on 23 July 2012 at 15:44

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