Bodycam footage shows NYPD cop scaling the Williamsburg Bridge in the rain to coax down a distraught man threatening to jump
- Footage shows the moment NYPD officers rescue a distraught man from the Williamsburg Bridge
- Crews managed to pull the man to safety after receiving numerous calls on Sunday evening
- One officer can be heard telling the man: ‘Whatever you are going through, it happens to all of us man you know. But we gotta get you down from here’
Nail-biting bodycam footage shows the moment NYPD cops scaled the Williamsburg Bridge in the pouring rain to rescue a distraught man threatening to jump.
Officers responded to numerous 911 calls after the man was spotted on top of the bridge, which at its center sits 135 feet above the East River, shortly after 5pm on Sunday.
In the video which was released by the NYPD, officers can be seen scaling the bridge which is being drenched in rain after post-tropical storm Ophelia hit the East Coast.
One officer can be heard telling the man: ‘My man, talk to me. I am here to help you man, talk to me. What’s your name?
‘Whatever you are going through, it happens to all of us man you know. But we gotta get you down from here.’
Officers can be seen scaling the bridge which is being drenched in rain after post-tropical storm Ophelia hit the East Coast
Footage shows the moment the man is pulled to safety after being talked down from the bridge
The officer continues: ‘We got to do this carefully because it is raining, it is super slippery. I care about your safety and my partners.’
The video then cuts to the man, wearing dark blue pants, boots and a gray top, being safely lowered by the officers, who are harnessed into the steelwork of the bridge.
Footage shared on Citizen, shows the number of police units that responded to the call, with flashing lights lighting up the bridge.
In a statement, the NYPD said: ‘On 9/24/23 at 5:23pm, Emergency Service Unit officers responded to 911 calls of a distraught man threatening to jump off the Williamsburg Bridge.
‘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.
The officers battled torrential rain which had made the bridge slippery
Emergency Service Unit officers, pictured here, had responded to the call and pulled the man to safety
‘If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, counselors are available 24/7 to support you. Just dial 988.
‘If anyone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger due to a health condition, call 911.’
In 2018, the NYPD received a similar call out and spent 75 minutes talking to a man before they managed to get him down safely from the bridge.
Law enforcement found the ‘extremely emotionally disturbed’ man standing on cables when they arrived on the Manhattan side of the bridge.