Firefighter Abseils Down Building To Save Woman Threatening To Jump

The moment a heroic firefight abseiled down a building to save a woman was caught on video.

The woman had been threatening to jump from the sixth-floor window of her flat for 12 hours, when she was dramatically rescued by a fireman who jumped from the floor above.

The fireman used a rope to swing through the window so he could knock the 37-year-old woman off her feet and back into the flat.

Emergency services, including paramedics and police, were on the scene in Bucharest, Romania. A psychiatrist was also called to the flat, where the woman had been threatening to jump; but despite their attempts, the woman refused to open up to them about why she was on the window ledge or to go back into flat.

When approached, she began threatening to jump.

Planning the heroic rescue, a police negotiator distracted the woman by offering her a jacket to keep warm, at the same time the firefighter swung down and knocked the woman back inside the building.

According to a spokesperson from the Emergency Situations Inspectorate the operation was 'very risky'.

They said: "The special teams at the spot concluded, after 12 hours, that the person threatening to commit suicide was in a precarious mental state after being exposed for such a long time to bad weather and it became obvious she was not going to step down on her own initiative."

Credit: CEN
Credit: CEN

Once safely back inside the woman was eventually taken for a mental health assessment at the Clinical Hospital of Psychiatry in Bucharest.

The Emergency Situations Inspectorate shared the video on its official Facebook page where people rushed to heap praise on those involved for rescuing the woman.

One person wrote: "Congratulations to those who intervened and to those who came up ith a way of soling the situation. A movie script intervention!"

However, others pointed out how dangerous the move was.

'U OK M8?' is an initiative from LADbible in partnership with a range of mental health charities which features a series of films and stories to raise awareness of mental health.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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