Watch NYPD's Dramatic Rescue of Suicidal Man on Bridge

Sept. 26, 2023
Hundreds of feet over the East River, NYPD officers braved stormy conditions to talk down a distraught man who threatened to jump off the Williamsburg Bridge.

In wet and windy conditions, NYPD officers climbed the Williamsburg Bridge to make a daring rescue of a distraught man threatening to jump over the weekend.

Police responded to reports of a suicidal man on the bridge that spans the East River shortly before 5:30 p.m., the New York Post reports. Officers braved stormy weather on the bridge to reach the individual and talk him down.

“Suspended hundreds of feet above the water, they remained undeterred by the dangerous rainy conditions,” the department said in a statement.

In body camera footage released Monday, officers in harnesses are seen calmly talking to the man in order to stop him from jumping. They eventually were able to convince him to climb down to safety.

“Whatever you’re going through, it happens to all of us, man, ya know?" one officer is heard telling the man in the fooage. "But we gotta get you down from there. But listen, we gotta do this carefully ’cause it’s raining. It’s super slippery so I care about your safety and my partner’s.”

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Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and

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