By Henry Williams
This is the horrifying moment a photographer captures two people jumping from the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge at lunchtime on February 27, 2013.
The photographer continued taking photos and then called the police, but the current carried the couple away within seconds. Police later found possessions left behind on the bridge that identified the male as surnamed Liu.
Quoted in the Daily Mail, the photographer was apparently too far away to help:
‘To be honest I didn’t even see the first person jump because I was concentrating so much on the camera settings and I didn’t realise at first that I had snapped the man jumping to his death
‘It was only then after snapping the photograph that I heard someone shout that somebody had jumped. I heard him hit the water below and then seconds later a woman climbed onto the bridge and jumped as well.
‘I was totally paralysed – there was no way I could get anywhere near her, I still had my hand on the camera and I tensed and shot off another few frames entirely by accident – but ended up photographing the woman as well.’
A search continued until 6pm, but was unsuccessful.