A rare suicide attempt with romcom potential: A grieving man unable to find his girlfriend climbs on the outside of a building six floors up and threatens to end it all. To save this poor man’s life, a beautiful policewoman pretends to be his lost lover. From there the two fall madly in love. While that didn’t exactly happen in this case, at least they were able to save the man’s life.
A 40-year-old man surnamed Wu balanced precariously yesterday outside the 6th floor of an apartment building overlooking a fish market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He was driven to this desperate state because he was unable to find his girlfriend. When all hope seemed lost, the police handed him a phone, it was his girlfriend on the line, she was crying, telling him to please come back inside, so they could talk and work things out.
According to NetEase, The stunned Wu started thinking about going back inside, but somehow he was able to figure out the clever ruse before making his way back inside. It wasn’t his girlfriend on the phone, but a female police officer surnamed Zheng going undercover and shedding false tears.
In the end, though, it didn’t really matter that the strategy failed. Plan B ended up working just fine. Police officers grabbed Wu when he wasn’t paying attention and managed to haul him, with some difficulty, to safety.
Back in August, police in Jiangsu province managed to rescue a woman threatening to commit suicide by keeping her talking on the telephone for 50 minutes to buy time to gain access to her home. This is a much more effective tactic than that employed by a group of bystanders in Shenyang who urged a suicidal woman to jump (which she did). However, it’s not always over when people jump, if you are brave enough to take a hit.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
[Images via NetEase]