Story By: Mark Simons, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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A well-dressed man filmed himself leaping from a bridge before being rescued by passing fishermen.
Dressed in a black suit and tie, the man appeared to wave goodbye to the camera before jumping, backwards, off the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah bridge in Malaysia, which is 30 metres (100 feet) above the water.
The 33-year-old business executive was later rescued by a fisherman in the waters below. It was later reported he had driven to the bridge after an argument with his wife in which she had demanded a divorce.
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Footage of the incident has appeared on social media. It appears to have been filmed from the inside of a car parked by the edge of the bridge and sounds of doors opening and closing can be heard.
Gradually the man comes into shot, carefully moving sideways on the ledge of the bridge into the view of the camera. He waves, then stretches his arms out to the side before leaping backwards and out of sight.
Police chief superintendent A.A.Anbalagan of Southwest District told reporters the man had driven his Perodua Kancil car to the bridge, parked by the side of the road and then jumped at around 8.30am.
He added: “A fisherman, who spotted him, pulled him to safety at about 9.30am.
“He was then taken to the Marine base in Batu Uban before being sent to the Penang Hospital for treatment. He is in a stable condition.”
Interviews with the man’s family revealed he had argued with his wife and she had demanded a divorce.
Chief Supt. Anbalagan added: “The victim suffered from depression.”