- A man who allegedly wanted to jump off a bridge was
saved by a quick-thinking law enforcement officer in Cape Town.
- The law enforcement officer was on his way to
Khayelitsha when he saw the man standing on the bridge.
- The man then suspended himself under the bridge,
above oncoming traffic, when the officer edged close enough to grab him.
A man hanging off the R300 bridge, which spans the
N2 in Cape Town, was saved by a quick-thinking law enforcement officer on
The officer was driving to Khayelitsha when he
noticed a man standing “precariously” on the bridge.
The man was clearly contemplating jumping off the
bridge, City of Cape Town law enforcement officer, Inspector Wayne Dyason, said
in a statement.
“The officer stopped and noticed a number of
people below trying to dissuade the man from jumping,” Dyason added.
The officer joined in to dissuade the man from
jumping, all the while slowly edging closer to the man’s position, he said.
“The man then climbed off the parapet and
suspended himself under the bridge, hanging on only by his arms. The officer,
left with little choice, ran to him and managed to grab him by the arms and
prevented him from falling. His colleagues joined him and together they hoisted
the man to safety.”
According to Dyason, the officer sustained minor
injuries to his arms, saying everyone was glad the man was brought to safety.
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