In yet another story that proves that Chinese bus drivers are the best kind of people, a driver in Nanjing with lightning-quick reflexes stopped a distressed woman from throwing herself into the Yangtze over the weekend.
The incident occurred on Saturday. As the 572 bus was passing over the Yangtze River Bridge, the driver noticed a young woman sitting on the guardrail ready to leap off into the Yangtze below. He abruptly stopped the bus and got out to try to persuade the woman to come down, reports the Yangzi Evening News.
At this point, another bus arrived on the scene. This second driver stopped his bus and quietly opened the door. With the woman distracted, he sneaked up on her and grabbed her off the guard rail. Passengers in the stopped bus were amazed, telling reporters that the whole rescue operation had taken less than a very tense minute.
According to reports, the woman was from Chongqing and had wanted to kill herself following an emotional family dispute. She now says that she regrets her actions. Her family members also paid a visit to the police station to personally thank the woman’s rescuers.
It turns out that to be a bus driver in Nanjing, you not only need to be an expert driver, you also must be extremely cool and quick-witted under pressure. This incident mirrors one that occurred only last October, when another heroic bus driver leaped out of his bus to stop a woman intent on leaping into the Yangtze.
Click on the picture below to watch video from that incredible rescue:
– 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)
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