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Man Rescued From Williamsburg Bridge, Video Goes Viral

‘Whatever You’re Going Through, It Happens To All of Us:’ Video Captures NYPD Rescue of Man From Williamsburg Bridge

Officers can be heard talking the man down from the bridge in the clip shared by police.

New York City Police officers scaled the Williamsburg Bridge hundreds of feet above the East River on Sunday, as body-worn cameras captured the rainy rescue of a man who had threatened to jump from the iconic structure.

Officers with the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit responded around 5:23 p.m. to calls for a “distraught man” who said he would jump off the bridge, the department said in a statement uploaded on Monday night to X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Suspended hundreds of feet above the water, they remained undeterred by the dangerous rainy conditions and were able to talk the person down to safety,” police said.

Videos of the operation show officers walking a stairway in one of the bridge’s steel towers.

View post on TwitterOne of the officers can be heard telling the man, who was not publicly identified and whose face was not shown on camera, “We’re here to help you.”

“Talk to me, what’s your name?” one of the officers tells him.

“Whatever you’re going through, it happens to all of us, man,” he adds. “But we got to get you down from here.”

The officers tell the man they have to be careful how they maneuver themselves because with the rain, “it’s super slippery.”

Video shows the first responders adjusting ropes, hooks and harnesses as they work to bring the man to safety.

In one of the three videos shared by police, an officer can be seen grabbing the man by his leg as they help him down.

In a subsequent post on X , police reminded New Yorkers there are counselors available to support those thinking about suicide by dialing 988.

“If anyone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger due to a health condition, call 911,” police said.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or struggling with suicidal thoughts, help is available 24 hours a day through the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. You are not alone.

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