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Angry passerby pushes a "suicide jumper" off a bridge in Guangdong Province

2009-05-23 02:44:09 GMT2009-05-23 10:44:09 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A man named Chen Fuchao who threatened to kill himself on Thursday is pushed off Haizhu Bridge by a 66-year-old person,Lai Jiansheng in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, May 22, 2009. [CPF]

Chen Fuchao, who got his spine and elbow injured in the fall, lies in bed while receiving treatment in a hospital in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, May 21, 2009. [sina.com.cn]

Lian Jiansheng greets the crowd after he pushed off would-be "suicide jumper" Chen Fuchao on Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou city, southern China's Guangdong province, May 21, 2009. (Photo: Guangzhou Daily)

GUANGZHOU, May 23 (Xinhua) -- A passerby pushed off a would-be "suicide jumper" off a bridge in Guangzhou city, southern China's Guangdong province, for he was "too angry about the jumper's selfish activity", Saturday's China Daily reported.

The jumper, Chen Fuchao, attempted to become the twelfth "suicide jumper" of the Haizhu bridge which has gained a reputation as a macabre tourist destination after attracting 11 would-be suicide jumpers since the start of April.

Lian Jiansheng, the 66-year-old man happened to pass by the Haizhu bridge on Thursday morning when he found Chen sit at the bridge threatening to jump off and had held up traffic around the bridge for almost five hours.

Chen wanted to kill himself because he was in 2 million yuan of debt following a failed construction project.

After knowing the situation, Lai volunteered to talk with the Chen to persuade him. After denied by the police, he broken through a police cordon and climbed up to where Chen sat.

Lai first greeted Chen with a handshake, and then he pushed him off the bridge. Chen fell 8 meters onto a partially-inflated emergency air cushion, damaging his spine and elbow in the fall.

"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lai said.

"They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals," he added.

Lai was taken away by police after the incident. Chen is now recovering in hospital.

Police sources said many suicidal people had financial troubles, such as unpaid wages and some suffered from medical conditions and injuries from workplace accidents.

"Traffic across the Haizhu Bridge, which is widely regarded as an important scenic attraction, become worse," said a spokesman with the Guangzhou public security bureau.

He said the situation caused chaos to residents, adding that the city had to send a rescue vessel, an ambulance, several police cars and fire engines each time when there was a "jumper".

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