I Respect This Guy That Held A Woman's Hand To Stop Her From Jumping Off A Bridge, But I Don't Envy Him
Mirror- A 22 year old rugby player clung on to a woman for more than an hour after she threatened to jump off a bridge. Heroic Michael Owen held the woman's hand as he tried to stop her plunging onto a busy motorway.
The brave 22-year-old was travelling with girlfriend Jemma when they noticed the distressed woman standing on the edge of a bridge near Chippenham, Wilts.
The woman had jumped over the bridge's safety railings and was facing the busy M4 motorway below.
"We were driving over the bridge when my partner pointed out a woman standing on the other side of the bridge. I immediately pulled over to try and slow down the traffic and to help her. I got to her and started talking to her. She was clearly very upset, so I just talked about anything I could think of with her."
Michael said the "clearly upset" woman immediately seemed to calm down after hearing his broad Welsh accent. He made sure he held on to her hand to make sure she didn't slip, despite having broken his playing rugby.
Michael said: "We waited a good hour, because she was too frightened to go down a ladder, so they needed to bring out a second engine."
An hour? A fucking hour?!? Listen lady, I'm all for the sanctity of human life, but if put yourself out on the edge of a bridge and try to trivialize that sanctity then 10 minutes is the most I got for you. Let's be honest, this broad didn't deserve help. You ever held the door open for somebody that was debatably too far away to hold the door open for. If they don't even make it look like they are speeding up don't you immediately regret that decision? This is that x1,000. Sometimes you have to inconvenience yourself when people are going out of their way to convenience you. That may mean doing a fake jog to an open door, or it may mean stepping down a ladder when a guy has had your life in his broken hand for the last 30 minutes. At what minute mark do you think Michael turned to his girlfriend and said, "why did you let me do this shit?". He would have to be a goddamn angel sent from the heavens to keep a positive attitude the whole time. I bet if his hand wasn't broken (not sure why he didn't use the non-broken one, but whatever) he would have just flung this broad back over the railing without any regard for her health. Probably pop her shoulder out of it's socket in the process, but hey, it's better than an early grave. You simply can't go from ready to jump off a bridge to afraid to step down a ladder. Not at the expense of other people's time.
P.S. Note to all those considering suicide. If your first instinct is to do it in public then you probably don't want to die. You probably just want a stranger to give you good reasons to live, and betting your life on the kindness of others is, literally, no way to live.