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Suicidal Chinese man tries to drown police rescuing him in river

Officers and two passers-by finally managed to get the man attempting to take his own life in Sichuan province to safety, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 3:16pm

An elderly man who tried to drown himself in western China also tried to drag two police officers under the water who came to rescue him, according to a news website report.

The man twice tried to push the officers under the water as they grappled to save him in a river in Longma in Sichuan province, the news website reported.

The man, 65, was spotted jumping into the river last week by a witness who alerted the police.

The two officers, Yang Lidong and Han Yu, jumped into the water and managed to put a life vest on the man.

The man started to pull the officers down, saying he would drown them as he was going to die, the article said.

People on the riverbank threw a rope and tyre to the exhausted police and they managed to secure the man again round the waist.

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He then grabbed Han’s neck and tried to pull him under.

After a struggle, the police finally got man to safety with the help of two passers-by who jumped into the river to help.

The rescued man was quoted as telling the officers: “Why did you save me?”

Police said he has been sent for a psychiatric assessment, according to the article.