'We sure as hell have no Romeo and Juliet issues'

2016-01-28 14:22
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Durban – A La Mercy man has denied claims that he and his wife tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, insisting that they fell.

The man, whose name is known to News24, said he and his wife were rescued from under a four-metre-high bridge on the M4 near Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday night.

When contacted on Thursday, the man refused to give his version of events and said his reputation had been tarnished by the allegations and the false reports doing the rounds.

"I no longer want to speak to the media as this has had a severe negative impact on my life," he said.  

In a Facebook post earlier this week, he said: "The deceased couple is very much alive, I will tell you why, because we are that couple. 

"There was absolutely no suicide attempt at all, it was a freak accident. My wife reached for something, she lost her balance and went over."

He saw this and went after her.

"I thought she was dead and was trying to get her out, but due to the lagoon being so dense we both got stuck."

The man said people got their facts wrong and he was considering taking legal action.

"It is far fetched and we sure as hell have no Romeo and Juliet issues. We have a happy family."

On January 24, private security company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) posted on its Facebook page that a couple had jumped off the bridge in a suicide attempt.

'I don’t believe it'

According to the post, a passing motorist contacted the security company after seeing a woman jumping off the bridge into the lagoon.

"A white male that was seen fleeing the scene was stopped by the motorist. The white male then broke free and also jumped over the bridge."

The security company found the couple on an island in the lagoon.

Rusa spokesperson Prem Balram said witnesses told the security company that the couple had been seen fighting and, in a fit of rage, the woman had jumped off the bridge.

Balram said the husband called him and said his wife's phone fell off the bridge and she went to get it.

"I don’t believe it. No one does that sort of thing at that time of the night. Something went wrong," said Balram.

IPSS Medical Rescue's Paul Herbst said his team found the couple stranded on an island.

"We put them on a floating device, then swam about a kilometre to the lagoon. We assessed them and they were fine."

Herbst said the couple drove themselves home.

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