Public praised for help in river jump

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Quick-thinking members of the public have been praised for helping to save a man’s life after he jumped into the River Great Ouse.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when a man threw himself off the pedestrian bridge at Ford End Road, and a group of people have been praised for their actions in helping to get him out.

Laura Charnock, from Kemspton, saw the incident and helped by talking to the man and urging him to hold on until he could be helped out the river.

She said: “I was walking my dogs along the bridge, when I saw this guy sitting on the edge. He asked someone for a cigarette and he said no, and then he just threw his hands in the air and jumped in.

“I couldn’t believe it. He kept going under, he found something to hold onto and he was crying.

“There were two young lads fishing and they immediately grabbed the rubber ring to try and save him.

“A chap in his 20s called 999 and then another managed to pull him out of the water. One of the young lads was on the phone to the ambulance trying to direct them.

“It was the fact that all the guys who didn’t know each other all worked together to help save this guy’s life. It was really heartwarming to see.”

A spokesman for Beds Police said: “The guys did a fantastic job of helping to save this man’s life and we will be sending them a thank you letter. The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and was admitted to Weller Wing for assessment.”