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Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stops Man from Committing Suicide off Bosphorus Bridge

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly stopped a man from committing suicide.

According to his office, the president talked the man out of jumping off the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.

The man had climbed over a railing on the Bosphorus Bridge linking Europe with Asia and was threatening to kill himself.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s motorcade was crossing the bridge at the time.

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TV pictures showed Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s staff asking the sobbing man to talk to the president. After a few moments, he was escorted to safety.

The man was suffering depression due to family problems, and police had been trying to prevent him from jumping for some two hours, the Dogan news agency reported.

Footage shows officials persuading him to go and talk to the president in his car.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not leave his car, and he speaks to the man with his mobile phone pressed to his ear.

An official from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office told Associated Press news agency he had promised to help him.