A suicide attempt with a twist unfolded at Guangzhou's Haizhu Bridge when a potential jumper was pushed off by an onlooker. The oldest crossing of the Pearl River in the city is also its most popular suicide spot. On Thursday morning, traffic was stopped for five hours by a man who scaled the bridge and said he was going to jump. Chen Fuchao, from Guangdong's Maoming city, climbed the bridge shortly after 7am, claiming he had been cheated of 4.5 million yuan (HK$5.1 million) in a business deal, Nanfang Daily reported. He refused to leave despite attempts by three police negotiators to talk him down. It was at this point that Lai Jiansheng, 66, intervened. The retired soldier entered the sealed-off zone, laid out a large inflatable cushion beneath Mr Chen and scaled the bridge before police could stop him. Once he reached Mr Chen's side, Mr Lai said: 'Hi, my friend, what are you doing here? What is your name? Let's make friends.' He then held out his right hand. Mr Chen, in return, also held out his right hand and tried to shake hands. To his surprise, Mr Lai grabbed him by the neck with his left hand and pushed him off the bridge. Mr Chen fell onto the cushion and was taken to hospital. He suffered a broken wrist and hip. Mr Lai was detained at the police station. Police said both would be prosecuted. Mr Chen later claimed the cushion was not fully inflated and flattened immediately when he fell on it, the Guangzhou Daily reported. He was the 12th person to climb up the bridge and threaten suicide in the last month. On Monday, a man climbed the bridge and announced he would jump if he did not get a media interview. The man also said he had been cheated out of money and wanted to attract the attention of the public and authorities. He climbed down 20 minutes after telling his story. Ten minutes later, a disabled man tried to climb up but was stopped by passers-by. He said he wanted to protest against a lack of local government support for the disabled.