England cricketers rescue man preparing to jump off bridge

2014-01-08 16:20

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London – England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad helped rescue a man in Sydney who was about to jump off a bridge near the team’s hotel.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported today that Prior, the team’s wicketkeeper, helped pull the man away from the edge of the bridge in Darling Harbour and he and fast bowler Broad chatted to him for almost an hour before New South Wales police arrived at the scene.

“We just did what anybody would do in that situation,” said Prior.

“We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling in a bad way. I look back and I’m just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him.”

The players believe the unnamed man was British. He had already thrown his cellphone, passport and wallet into the water. Initially, the players thought he was standing on the railings of the bridge for a dare before realising the seriousness of the situation.

They were returning from a supporters event last night that was held to raise funds for the Broad Appeal, a charity founded in honour of Broad’s late stepmother, who died after succumbing to motor neurone disease in 2010.

Terry Minish, the team’s security officer, was with the players and claimed the man – who said he was from Cheltenham, in southwest England – had indicated he wanted to drown.

“Walking back to the hotel, we spotted a young man on the edge of the bridge about to jump,” Minish said.

“He was saying he just wanted to drown. Matt helped to pull him down off the edge of the bridge and sat with him until the police arrived. It all happened very quickly and we acted on impulse.”

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