A man in crisis was rescued from a bridge by Winnipeg police and citizens on Tuesday afternoon.
According to a media release, at approximately 3:45 p.m., police responded to the Disraeli Bridge at Higgins Avenue for a male in distress. Several calls had been made to 911 saying a man had climbed over the ledge of the bridge.
When Patrol Sergeant Saif Khan, arrived in the area, he circled his vehicle below the bridge and saw a man who appeared to be in crisis. The man was hanging on by the railing rungs with his body suspended approximately thirty-five feet from the ground.
Patrol Sergeant Khan swiftly orchestrated a rescue effort and deployed two officers to the top of the bridge who grasped onto the man’s jacket through the rungs to secure him until back-up arrived.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service arrived and assisted the officers at the top of the bridge, while several other police units blocked traffic on the roadway below the bridge.
As the incident quickly unfolded an SRS Signs truck outfitted with a boom and bucket was observed nearby by Patrol Sergeant Khan. He requested the driver’s assistance who quickly positioned his truck underneath the man.
The driver then manoeuvred the boom and bucket up to the man’s feet and gently lifted him until the police officers and firefighters could pull him back over the ledge to safety.
The man was taken to the hospital for a medical assessment. No one was injured during the incident.
The Winnipeg Police Service is thanking the public for quickly reacting to this critical situation and alerting 911.
They are also thanking SRS Signs & Services Inc, for their cooperation and say the business was instrumental in bringing the man to safety.
Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis can call the Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line toll-free at 1-877-435-7170. You can also call the Klinic 24-7 crisis line at 204-786-8686 or toll free at 1-888-322-3019.