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This is the moment a policeman makes a daring leap to snatch a suicidal woman from the rooftop ledge of a 16-storey building.
The footage shows officer Wang Fengguo, of the Qinggong Police Station in Panjin City in north-eastern China’s Liaoning Province, snatching the distressed 16-year-old from the ledge on top of the building.
The video shows officers attempting to negotiate with the youngster in the moments before the rooftop rescue bid, which took place on a residential building in a complex near where the girl’s family lives.
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The girl, who police say had a falling out with a friend, refused to speak to the rescuers, but Wang did not give up and can be seen talking to the girl while standing about 10 feet away.
When she least expects it, Wang sprints forwards and grabs the girl, pulling her off the roof ledge to safety.
According to the police, the teenager had left the home without telling her parents in the morning and was only seen standing on the ledge of the 16-storey building later the same afternoon.
Her father said he was planning to take her to school when he noticed she was already gone.
Authorities were called to diffuse the situation and sent Wang and his colleagues to the roof in order to talk the girl down.
The police said the local fire service had also set up an inflatable cushion on the ground in case the girl decided to jump.
“She was a bit distracted as I spoke to her, and she became less guarded,” Wang recalled.
He added: “I kept watching her until I noticed she had calmed down and was no longer so alert. That’s when I grabbed her and pulled her down.”
The teenager was handed back to her family and was given counselling by the police.