Printer Friendly

Desperate moments.

THIS was the moment a despairing dad sat on the edge of a 350ft cliff deciding whether to live or die.

Just yards away sit police, patiently trying to persuade him to come away. Seconds after this picture was taken they succeeded.

But there was another nervy moment to come when the father-of-one struggled to haul himself to safety.

Local bobby PC Dave Catt had to venture out to the edge using a special harness. After the drama, PC Catt said: "He was 100 per cent adamant that he was going to go over - he wasn't an attention seeker."

The man sat with his legs dangling over Beachy Head, Eastbourne's notorious suicide cliff, for more than an hour determined to kill himself. A trained negotiator arrived but by then he had already agreed not to jump.

Police had been alerted to the man, from Portslade, East Sussex, by his wife. He was detained under the mental health act.

The incident happened just 24 hours after a woman jumped to her death off the cliff while out with her social worker.

Sergeant Nick Wainwright said: "Out of all the calls we get I would say about half of those people actually jump. An estimate would be around 50 people per year.

"If the police get to the person before they have gone we can usually talk them out of it."
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1999 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Rabbetts, Barry
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 1999
Previous Article:Matthew Wright's column: Baby Finds Sol Mate; Emma falls for Hollyoaks hunk.
Next Article:Beaming up a TV legend..

Related Articles
Television: Terrestrial pick of the day.
Wayne falls foul of spoof; EXCLUSIVE.
Give me chance to shine.
Woman is jailed for axe attack.
Neil Diamond donates concert cash to hurricane victims.
Nicollette Sheridan to quit Desperate Housewives.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |