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Updated: Suicidal youth talked down from Duncan highway overpass Thursday

Woman talks to a male threatening to jump from the pedestrian overpass to the busy Trans-Canada Highway Thursday afternoon. - Andrew Leong
Woman talks to a male threatening to jump from the pedestrian overpass to the busy Trans-Canada Highway Thursday afternoon.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

A teenage male threatening to jump from the pedestrian overpass south of Duncan Thursday, was talked from the walkway as police blocked the busy Trans-Canada Highway.

Mounties thanked passersby for calling police who save the would-be-jumper from his apparent suicidal idea on the 20-foot overpass.

"911 lines were overburdened by an immediate large volume of calls by concerned motorists as they travelled south on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Allenby Road," Cpl. Krista Hobday's email says of the 5 p.m. incident.

"A 17-year-old man had stepped over the guardrail of the overhead pedestrian walkway, and was standing outside the walkway, midspan."

Wearing jeans and a black top, the male removed his shoes during tense talks with an RCMP crisis negotiator, supported by police.

"Within an hour the negotiator was able to dissuade the man from following through with his intentions," says Hobday.

"He came down on his own," noted News Leader Pictorial photographer Andrew Leong.

The troubled teen was taken into custody, then driven to hospital where he was evaluated and admitted.

"The RCMP would like to thank those who called 911," Hobday says.

"Their concern and subsequent calls, combined with the quick response from several police units, gave this man a second chance."

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