Trucker stops Van Stadens Bridge suicide

2012-10-11 08:25
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Port Elizabeth - A truck driver has told how he saw a man get out of a car at the Van Stadens River Bridge at 02:00 in the morning and realised the man wanted to commit suicide.

“A very pale man got out. I realised he was going to jump,” said Harry Vermaak after seeing the man’s car in the emergency lane, reported the TimesLive.

Vermaak told the TimesLive how he talked to the man about many things, including his children.

“I kept on telling him that every child needs a father.”

The man gave him a letter to give to his family and while they were talking, the man’s cellphone rang.

He handed it to Vermaak, who then spoke to the man’s daughter.

“I told her that her father was standing on the bridge and wanted to jump. She started crying and put her mother on the phone but the man then started walking."

Vermaak grabbed the man’s arm and called the police. He said he would drive the man to the police station.

At the police station he called the man’s family to come and fetch him.

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