A policeman in Bangkok has prevented a man from leaping to his death by chatting to him in his own dialect in an attempt to reassure him. A report in Coconuts says the police officer told the man there was nothing to be afraid of, pointing out they were both from the same hometown.
"ลงมา.. ลงมา..ตรงนี้มีแต่คนบ้านเรา" ตำรวจและอาสาฯ เกลี้ยกล่อมหนุ่มคลั่ง หลังปีนขึ้นดาดฟ้าอาคาร ภายในซอยปรีดีฯ45 จนสำเร็จ เบื้องต้นพบผู้ก่อเหตุน้อยใจ หลังทะเลาะกับภรรยา จึงปีนขึ้นที่สูงตั้งแต่ช่วงเช้าวันนี้ (11 มิ.ย.63) ก่อนตัดสินใจลงมาในเวลาประมาณ10.00 น. pic.twitter.com/TDyzj0BrV4
— เรื่องเด่นออนไลน์ (@RDnews_Online) June 11, 2020
It’s understood the man, named only as “Vi”, had climbed to the top of a building in the capital’s Soi Pridi Banomyong after a marital dispute. While rescue volunteers from the Ruam Katanyu Foundation invited him down to talk about his problems over a few beers, a policeman from the same town in the northeastern region of Isaan spoke to the man for over 30 minutes. The man told police he’d come to the capital to install billboards but was upset after having an argument with his wife.
The man was eventually persuaded to climb down, with a rescue volunteer saying he didn’t need to go to hospital and has no previous history of mental illness.
If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).
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