Ankara: The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday has prevented a man from jumping off the Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge. The man was suffering from acute depression due to family problems and decided to commit suicide.
Sources said, he was apparently preparing to jump to his death when Erdogan’s motorcade was passing over the bridge linking Europe with Asia after the Friday prayers. Erdogan immediately asked his security officers to stop his car and intervened to save his life.
News footage showed Erdogan’s bodyguards bringing the sobbing man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, to talk to him through the window of his car. After a few moments, the man can be seen kissing Erdogan’s hand.
The man was then escorted to safety. It was learnt that the police had been trying for almost two hours to talk the man out of committing suicide after he abandoned his car on the bridge and climbed over the side railing.
The iconic bridge spanning the Bosphorus at a height of 64 metres (211 feet) is a frequent suicide spot.