A group of strangers showed incredible compassion, patience and resilience when a man threatened to commit suicide and jump off a London bridge.
The small group of “Good Samaritans” saw the troubled man who was in serious danger. The man was standing on the edge of a foot bridge in Golders Green, London.
The passers-by joined forces and held the man as tight as they could, defiant that they wouldn’t let him go. The passengers held the man with their arms and gradually, people came with rope to fasten the man to the bars.
One man even used his belt to hang on to the man, while others wrapped their arms around his neck and legs. They stayed with the man for two hours.
As everyone held on for dear life, drivers passed by and those who were stuck in traffic couldn’t help but get out of their vehicles and capture the incredible act of kindness on their phones. People watched on in awe, hoping that nothing terrible would happen to any of these people.
Nigel Howard, who witnessed the incident, said: “The crowd wanted to see what was going on, but there was also a bit of frustration among others because people weren’t even allowed to cross the bridge to get home.”
“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.”
Eventually, emergency services came to help the situation. Once the man was tightly fastened, firefighters used a hydraulic lift to lower him to the ground. The man was finally safe and escorted to an ambulance.
But ultimately, the man may have not made it had it not been for the heroic members of the public who came together and volunteered for the greater good of someone else’s wellbeing.
It was later confirmed that the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.