A woman who was about to kill herself by jumping off a railway bridge has been saved by a group of boys.
Teenagers from a volleyball team in California were out jogging when they came across the woman in distress, who was reportedly about to fall almost 30m (100ft) to the tracks below.
The Kepler School students ran back to tell their coach, Elliot Murray, what was happening. He told them to go back and speak to her while he called the police.
Mr Murray told ABC: “I immediately told the kids, do everything you can – chant, say ‘stop, your life is worth it’, and they just kept on chanting.”
One of the boys, Elijah Gomez, said: “We went up we were there for like 10 minutes, trying to distract her. what were you saying? We were like stop and stuff, its not worth it.”
The woman, who has been described as 47 years old and Hispanic, pulled herself to safety.
She was taken to a police station and placed on a mental health evaluation, with officers confirming that the woman had been planning to kill herself.
Mr Murray said he thinks the boys’ intervention saved the woman’s life.
He said: “By hearing those kids and she took a glance and hearing those kids it registered to her, I can’t do this in front of them.”
Joshua Velasquez said he felt they had “distracted her long enough” to save her.
But the experience was hard for the teenagers.
Brandon Ezell said afterwards it was “crazy, very traumatising, I never seen nothing like this, in my life”.
Kepler School arranged for a psychologist to speak to the boys involved.
The woman is now being cared for in a mental health facility.
:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected].
Source: SKY NEWS