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Suicidal man trying to jump from bridge inadvertently saves another man from drowning

By Mason White 11:30 AM April 2, 2014
Twitter post from the rescuers 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man is lucky to be alive after being rescued by workers who came to save a suicidal man.

The man threatening to jump from the Thames Bridge in London, inadvertently saved the stranger from drowning.

The lifeboat crew was called about 11:00 p.m., and were ready to catch the man if he chose to jump. Meanwhile, police officers spoke with the distressed man and finally persuaded him to come down.

As a group of onlookers watched the incident unfold, one
passerby pointing at the river. Volunteers with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, spotted the head of a person bobbing in the water, not far from the bridge.

Rescue workers were able to get to the man before he drowned. “He was struggling to keep his face out of the water. He seemed alert and spoke to the crew,” Tower RNLI crew member Toni Scarr said.

“The man was not sure who he was or how he came to be in the river,” Scarr said. Back at the lifeguard station, a waiting ambulance crew found the man suffering from hypothermia.

The crew was grateful that they were able to save not one but two lives that night.