Hero firefighter catches suicide jumper

Hero firefighter catches suicide jumper

24th April 2007

More than 100 people gathered as a foreign man, thought to be trying to live in Britain illegally, tried to kill himself by jumping off London's Millennium Bridge, which spans the Thames opposite St Paul's Cathedral

Below are the dramatic moments when firefighters rescued a man as he tried to commit suicide by throwing himself off the Millennium Bridge.

More than 100 people gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch the two-hour ordeal as police tried to talk the man back from the edge.

The man resists rescue attempts

Firefighter Khalid Obadele grabs the man and rolls him off the edge of the Millenium Bridge

But when the man, described as Middle-Eastern and in his thirties, refused to climb down he was grabbed by firefighter Khalid Obadele.

Mr Obadele was tied to the would-be jumper with a safety rope and the pair were lowered off the bridge and on to a fireboat below.

Mission accomplished as the rescued man is lowered to safety

One witness said: "The man was screaming 'London is s**t' and waving for the firefighter to get back.

"But the firefighter didn’t panic. He went straight out to him and pinned him down. He wrapped his legs round the man and rolled him off the bridge. It was quite a move ... The firefighter was a bit of a hero."

Mr Obadele, who is based at Euston, said: "We had to talk to him all the while to make sure it was okay to go out and secure him. It was quite hairy."

The alarm was raised at 2.44pm yesterday when the man climbed over the safety rails and on to the bridge’s edge. Witnesses said he was shouting and screaming. A team of 16 firefighters, plus police and paramedics, were at the scene within minutes.

One City worker who watched from the side of the Thames said: "The firefighter was very cool and did his job. There was a cheer from the crowd as he was rescued."

The rescued man has since been arrested for immigration offences.

lol weird. I wonder why he did it

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