Police grab man threatening to jump off Quesnel River Bridge

 

On November 2, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Quesnel RCMP received several calls of a man who had climbed over the railing of the Quesnel River Bridge and was attempting to jump into the swift moving Quesnel River. Quesnel RCMP members, along with North District Traffic Service members from Prince George immediately attended the scene and shut down traffic across the bridge.

The distraught man was suffering severe emotional distress and the officers on scene determined that if the man were to jump into the frigid, fast moving water below, that the fall would likely not be survivable. When efforts to convince the man to come back over the rail and discuss the problems failed, the officers were able to approach and physically restrain the man. After a few tense moments of struggling with the man, police were able to pull him back over the railing to safety.

The man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to GR Baker Memorial Hospital to receive treatment.

Neither the man nor the attending officers suffered any physical injuries.