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(Telegraph)   Man tracks down the stranger who persuaded him not to jump six years ago, just to say "thanks, I'm in a good place now"   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 26
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2014-01-30 04:55:13 PM
He's cute, I woulda stop him from jumping too.
 
2014-01-30 04:55:36 PM
Can you feel it in the air tonight?
 
2014-01-30 04:56:32 PM
This may sound good, but this is exactly what happened with Hitler.
 
2014-01-30 04:56:48 PM
I was going to say something snarky, but I TFAed and so that the jumper has serious mental problems, now I has a sad.
 
2014-01-30 05:00:27 PM
Good thing it was a bridge near Fleet Street, not Wall Street.

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2014-01-30 05:01:01 PM
I think I've seen this movie, the jumper was Jimmy Stewart, right?

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...and then Clarence got his wings.
 
2014-01-30 05:03:15 PM
See, this is why suicide prevention is important.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-01-30 05:04:23 PM
That was good for a little smile. Thanks subby.
 
2014-01-30 05:04:33 PM

Not much of a jump, from the looks of it.



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Unless you can't swim, I'm guessing death by toxic shock?

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\not obscure.
 
2014-01-30 05:05:55 PM
Arkanaut:

See, this is why suicide prevention is important.


As opposed to suicide encouragement?
 
2014-01-30 05:21:42 PM
.. followed by a whisper, "Now, I must eat your skin and become you."
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-01-30 05:29:41 PM

SirEattonHogg: Arkanaut:

See, this is why suicide prevention is important.


As opposed to suicide encouragement?


Let's leave the lawyers and such out of this.
 
2014-01-30 06:13:26 PM
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
 
2014-01-30 06:21:56 PM
Good story, and it's nice to see him using it as an awareness event for mental illness.
 
2014-01-30 06:59:20 PM
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2014-01-30 07:41:49 PM
Good.
 
2014-01-30 07:53:21 PM
Suicide is bad. This story is good.
 
2014-01-30 08:01:36 PM
Added to this, he genuinely believed - after watching The Truman Show - that he was being filmed and monitored every minute of the day by hidden cameras.

Why would he believe that? It's not like London is covered with thousands upon thousands of CCTV cameras...

Maud Dib: Not much of a jump, from the looks of it.


Unless you can't swim, I'm guessing death by toxic shock?


Ricin poisoning
 
2014-01-30 08:30:00 PM
This kind of thing has always bothered me. For example:

A buddy and I were walking around on our high school senior class trip, (this was a long time ago btw). It's like 3am, and as we're crossing a bridge we hear a faint noise - someone screaming for help. To this day I have no clue how we were able to hear him above the noise of the water.

We rush to the bank, it's pitch black, and almost impassible - super steep, slick with mud, and tons of brush had been swept along and stuffed under the bridge damning up the water- one false step and we'd have been finished.

I'll skip the details other than to mention it was easily in the top five of the stupidest things I've ever done in my life - the guy was wedged under the bridge - seconds from dying - and with no safety harness or even rope I went down and hauled him out. (I should have died, it was super stupid - I was lucky and pulled a 'Kirk', don't try this at home kids.)

The guy in the river: He'd gone to one of the bars with live music, (on weekends - at least at the time - they paid a special license to stay open until 4am). He apparently misread a 'signal' and thought the drummer and he had made a connection. Instead the drummer lured him outside after their set; where a few morons beat the ever living hell out of him. The guy had tried to stagger home but his eyes were swollen almost shut and he freaking missed the bridge - plunged off the side of the road and into the water a good 15 feet below.

Pretty certain by the wheeze he had at least a couple broken ribs, the nose and jaw were a mess. Soaking wet, almost blue with cold... I doubt he weighed 110 lbs.

There was a hotel just feet from the other end of the bridge; a quick fireman carry there, and I laid him in front of the door (locked). After banging on the door and yelling, the clerk appeared, took one look at us covered in mud from head to toe, and refused to open the door. I begged him to call an ambulance and stepped aside so he could see the guy we'd hauled out of the river. He went white and ran for the phone.. and came back to announce he'd called the police.

My friend and I looked at each other... I don't know what I was more afraid of: sitting up all night telling the same story 27 times to the cops, or facing the teacher who'd been selected to be the head chaperone (scary scary lady). We booked.

So now, after all these years.... Did the guy make it? Is there some tiny police department with a bag of 'evidence' where they think we did it (even if it makes zero sense). Was anything done to the guys who beat him up, and if so, have they been dreaming of the day they log onto Fark and get a hint of who the hell saved the guy and got them in trouble?

... :.>/

/backs out of the thread slowly...
//I can still see the water boiling several feet up the side of the bridge abutment - it almost sucked me down... man I was a dumbass. I dreamed about 'teetering on the edge of no return' for months.
///Adrenaline is a crazy drug - there's no way I should have been able to pull him out.
 
2014-01-30 08:31:13 PM
This guy, in Australia, has saved more than 160 people. When he spots them about to jump he invites them in for tea. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/australian-angel-saves-lives-at-suicide-s p ot/
Apparently it's remarkably effective
 
2014-01-30 09:31:48 PM

SirEattonHogg: Arkanaut:

See, this is why suicide prevention is important.


As opposed to suicide encouragement?


What I mean is, a lot of times when people discuss ways to cut off or reduce access to some means of suicide (building higher fences on bridges, removing firearms from an at-risk person's household, etc), you'll always say, "but they'll just find some other way to kill themselves", suggesting that whatever measure you're proposing is a waste of resources.  But experiences like the one described in TFA suggest that yes, people will decide to keep on living after a suicide attempt is thwarted.
 
2014-01-30 09:49:52 PM
Is it just me or is it getting progressively harder to understand Brits?
 
2014-01-30 10:04:11 PM
Good story. Glad both guys made use of an opportunity.

/lost one of my best friends to suicide last fall
 
2014-01-31 12:58:00 AM

Tired_of_the_BS: This kind of thing has always bothered me. For example:

A buddy and I were walking around on our high school senior class trip, (this was a long time ago btw). It's like 3am, and as we're crossing a bridge we hear a faint noise - someone screaming for help. To this day I have no clue how we were able to hear him above the noise of the water.

We rush to the bank, it's pitch black, and almost impassible - super steep, slick with mud, and tons of brush had been swept along and stuffed under the bridge damning up the water- one false step and we'd have been finished.

I'll skip the details other than to mention it was easily in the top five of the stupidest things I've ever done in my life - the guy was wedged under the bridge - seconds from dying - and with no safety harness or even rope I went down and hauled him out. (I should have died, it was super stupid - I was lucky and pulled a 'Kirk', don't try this at home kids.)

The guy in the river: He'd gone to one of the bars with live music, (on weekends - at least at the time - they paid a special license to stay open until 4am). He apparently misread a 'signal' and thought the drummer and he had made a connection. Instead the drummer lured him outside after their set; where a few morons beat the ever living hell out of him. The guy had tried to stagger home but his eyes were swollen almost shut and he freaking missed the bridge - plunged off the side of the road and into the water a good 15 feet below.

Pretty certain by the wheeze he had at least a couple broken ribs, the nose and jaw were a mess. Soaking wet, almost blue with cold... I doubt he weighed 110 lbs.

There was a hotel just feet from the other end of the bridge; a quick fireman carry there, and I laid him in front of the door (locked). After banging on the door and yelling, the clerk appeared, took one look at us covered in mud from head to toe, and refused to open the door. I begged him to call an ambulance and stepped aside so he could see the guy we' ...


Have you ever considered calling the police department in the city where this happened? I guess it is conceivable that they would have record of the police call on that day.
 
2014-01-31 09:44:28 AM
This would make a great movie if they fall in love after reuniting.  They get married and adopt a couple of asian kids.  They could be played by Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender.

\I'll be in my bunk.
 
2014-01-31 04:32:38 PM

corgic: This guy, in Australia, has saved more than 160 people. When he spots them about to jump he invites them in for tea. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/australian-angel-saves-lives-at-suicide-s p ot/
Apparently it's remarkably effective


That's a really great story, and he's not alone.   There's a man in China who's taken it upon himself to patrol a local bridge that's one of the most popular suicide spots in China.
 
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