The kindness of strangers can be a powerful force — and in the case of a man who was reportedly considering jumping from a bridge late last month, compassion from some good samaritans was potentially life-saving.
Photos that captured the incident show strangers holding on to a man who was reportedly considering jumping from a bridge near Golders Green, North London; some of these people even tied rope around him to stop him from plunging, the Mirror reported.
And as emergency workers came to the scene, which unfolded around 5 p.m. on April 28, those good samaritans kept on holding the man, reportedly doing so for two, long hours until the rescue was complete.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) May 2, 2017
Meanwhile, onlookers watched from below the bridge with intrigue and horror, as they didn’t quite realize what was unfolding.
“The crowd wanted to see what was going on, but there was also a but of frustration among others because people weren’t even allowed to cross the bridge to get home,” eyewitness Nigel Howard told the Daily Mail. “There were quite a few gasps and shocked faces, but a lot of people did not actually realize what was going on until it was pointed out to them.”
Firefighters were able to use a hydraulic lift to bring the unnamed man down from the bridge before he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.
Strangers restrain man attempting to jump from U.K. bridge for two hours. ?? Evil thrives when good men do nothing. pic.twitter.com/9TQ5Pv3gsw
— Andy Park (@andy_park) May 2, 2017
He was reportedly detained under England’s Mental Health Act, a law that permits authorities to involuntarily treat some people with select symptoms of mental illness or related issues.
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