Teen boys save woman who was about to jump off railway bridge

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.

The boys spent 10 minutes with her trying to distract her
Image: Brandon Ezell said the experience was traumatising

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.”

Coach Elliot Murray told the kids to go back and speak to her
Image: Coach Elliot Murray told the boys to go back and speak to her

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.

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Some of them did find the experience traumatising
Image: Elijah Gomez said they spent 10 minutes trying to distract her

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.

The boys said they felt they had saved her
Image: Joshua Velasquez said he felt they had saved her

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

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