This evening's rescue of distraught man. Spanish speaking and CIT trained CHP officers talk man back over. All safe pic.twitter.com/0xVboPYiBW— CHP San Francisco (@CHPSanFrancisco) May 4, 2016
A troubled man dangling from a San Francisco overpass was returned to safety Tuesday evening, after California Highway Patrol officers talked him through his crisis.
According to a post by the CHP on Facebook, reports of a man hanging from Interstate 80 in San Francisco started rolling in at around 7:45 Tuesday night.
When officers arrived, they discovered a Spanish-speaking man grasping an overpass guardrail with both hands, as his feet dangled a dangerous distance from the ground.
Describing him as a "distraught party," the responding officers summoned a Spanish-speaking officer and a Critical Incident Response trained officer, both of whom "eventually talked the male subject into climbing back over the railing."
The man was taken safely into custody, the CHP says.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.