Police have praised the quick-thinking actions of a group of workmen, one of which works at a Watford construction machinery hire company, after they came to the rescue of a woman on the wrong side of railings on a bridge.
Danny Clavin, site manager at Watford Plant Hire, was working down in Exeter when his machinery was called into action to bring the woman down to safety.
A group of scaffolders were working on a construction project when a woman was spotted in distress on a bridge, and immediately arranged to get a harness to strap her to the railings and keep her secure.
Danny arrived in his Manitou extended forklift and used a bucket so a policeman could be taken up to the top and bring the woman down.
Danny said: I think the woman was suicidal so we know we needed to act fast. It just looked like she was going to jump.
“I just stopped what I was doing to help as quickly as I could. Scaffolders kept the woman talking, then I came along with the forklift, so the bucket could be used.
“The police closed the road and got up to the bridge to tie the woman to it to stop her from falling.
“I just simply asked police if they wanted help. I was then asked then if I could get some kind of bin to lift her up, so the policeman and scaffolder managed to pull her into the bin.”
A Devon & Cornwall police spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman in Exeter.
“Emergency services attended the scene on New Bridge Street where a woman was on the wrong side of the railing on the bridge.
“Police officers and members of the public were able to make contact with the woman who had climbed over the railings.
“Scaffolders in the area worked with police officers and used their forklift with attached bucket to being the woman safely off the bridge. The woman was taken into the care of medical professionals.
“Officers have praised the members of the public for their bravery and quick thinking while they assisted emergency services in this incident.”