RCMP officers stop man from jumping off Confederation Bridge

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The Confederation Bridge

RCMP officers travelling across the Confederation Bridge managed to stop a 35-year-old man from jumping over the side last night.

At 5:55 p.m., members of the East Prince RCMP responded to a call of a man straddling the bridge wall.

An RCMP officer from Newfoundland and another from Nova Scotia were crossing the bridge in an unmarked police vehicle when they came across the incident.

They intervened and were able to convince the man to come down off the side of the bridge.

A member of the East Prince RCMP arrived soon after and placed the man into custody under the Mental Health Act and transported him to the Prince County Hospital for medical attention.


We'll provide further updates on this story later online and in tomorrow's print and e-editions.

Organizations: RCMP, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia

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  • I saw this
    December 12, 2015 - 08:17

    I was driving towards PEI on the bridge when I saw a line of cars coming from the opposite direction stopped. The lead car had its 4 ways on.. thought there must have been a fender bender. When we slowed up and drove by, there was a man on the cement wall (median, side, whatever it's called) propped on top standing on one foot with the other hanging over. One gust of wind or minor loss of balance and he would have toppled over. It was hard to tell but looked like about 3-4 people talking to him and unbelievable luck a couple of them were RCMP. Whatever they said should be used as a model because you could tell that he had his mind made up and meant business. Great work to the RCMP and others on the scene.

  • Bryan
    December 11, 2015 - 14:58

    Luckily those two RCMP officers were at the right place at the right time, it could have been a very unhappy Christmas season for this person's family. I hope this person gets the help he needs. Suicide is a very permanent solution to a temporary problem.

  • Dave
    December 11, 2015 - 12:37

    I wouldn't advise a comment section for this type of report.

    • Donna
      December 13, 2015 - 09:48

      You are absolutely right Dave, I agree 100%.

    • Dwayne
      December 13, 2015 - 14:55

      I agree

  • townie2
    December 11, 2015 - 09:21

    great work by the RCMP, kudos! i hope the poor man gets the help he needs. the Holiday season can be hard for some people.