Turkish President Stops His Motorcade To ‘Talk Down Man Trying To Jump Off Bosphorus Bridge’

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The Turkish president appeared to prevent a suicide on Christmas Day after he was filmed persuading a man to get back from the edge of a bridge. Above, one bodyguard encouraged the man to climb over the railing

Turkish president appeared to prevent a suicide on Christmas Day after he was filmed persuading a man to get back from the edge of a bridge.

Turkish President, Recep Tayip Erdogan was passing through the 211ft Bosphorus bridge which links Europe with Asia after Friday prayers on Christmas day when he spotted a man attempting to jump off the bridge. 

Two bodyguards escort the man, who was dressed in jeans and a simple hoody, to an official vehicle

The footage showed Erdogan’s bodyguards bringing the sobbing Unnamed man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, to talk to the President through the window of his car.  After a few moments, the man could then be seen kissing Erdogan’s hand before being escorted to safety. 

Recep Erdogan's bodyguards brought the sobbing man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, to talk to the President through the window of his car

Police had allegedly been trying for almost two hours to talk the unnamed man out of committing suicide

Police had allegedly been trying for almost two hours to talk the man out of committing suicide.  He was said to have abandoned his car on the bridge and climbed over the side railing due to long-standing depression. The man has not yet been identified.

The bodyguards could be seen cautiously approaching the man as he leaned out from the railing of the huge bridge, which connects Europe to Asia