- Trigger warning: This article and the featured video contains references to suicide. We are still trying to establish all the facts, but two separate sources claim there was an attempt at suicide before police in Cape Town came to help on the N2 bridge.
A group of SAPS officials in Cape Town are being hailed as heroes on Tuesday, after their intervention saved a man from falling to his death above the N2. The bridge, leading to the R300 off-ramp, was temporarily closed off to traffic.
SAPS officers perform a daring rescue on N2
The harrowing scenes were caught on camera earlier this afternoon. This incident occurred around 14:00, as the person in question ended up hanging from the bridge by their hands. Cars below pulled up to survey the scarcely-believable sight, as both onlookers and law enforcement officials sprung into action.
The carriageways were blockaded by concerned citizens, and as the civilian clung to the bridge for dear life, a cohort of quick-thinking cops were able to pull him back from the brink. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated, but two separate sources believe that this was an alleged suicide attempt stopped at the last possible moment.
[TW: Alleged attempted suicide] – Watch the N2 bridge rescue in Cape Town here
Cape Town – N2 Highway (Update): Person assisted to safety after threatening to jump from the R300 Highway bridge pic.twitter.com/4BAmzoU7ms
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) September 22, 2020
Suicide helpline and support in South Africa
The government had moved to remind people of their suicide prevention programmes earlier this month. It’s estimated that one million people commit suicide each year across the world. Every 40 seconds, the loss of a person who killed themselves shatters the lives of family and friends.
For others affected by suicide or attempted suicide, the emotional impact can last for many years. And for those of you struggling with your mental health, please be aware that you can use any of these professional services listed below, free of charge. Both the South African Depression and Anxiety Group and Lifeline can give you the support you need:
- SADAG Day Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8:00 to 20:00)
- SADAG Night Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (20:00 to 8:00)
- Lifeline: 0861 322 322 (24 hours)
- Or send an SMS for support: 31393
— Cape Town FMS (@CapeTownFreeway) September 22, 2020
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