Turkish President Erdogan coaxes a man out of suicide attempt
Dec 26, Istanbul: On Christmas day the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reportedly talked a man out of jumping off a bridge in Istanbul.
According to reports from the presidents office, the man had climbed over a railing on the Bosphorus bridge linking Europe with Asia and was threatening to kill himself, when the president's motorcade crossed the bridge. The local media footage shows Erdogan's staff requesting the man to talk to the president in his car. Though the president did not leave his car, he spoke to the man through his mobile phone and was able to coax him ut of taking his life.
Local media reports have stated that the man is suffering depression due to family problems, and police had been trying to prevent him from jumping for some two hours, before the president's car passed the bridge. It is believed that President Erdogan has promised to help the man.
The Oslo Times