Man talked down from road bridge

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY CIARAN SHANKS

A MAN had to be talked down from the Tay Road Bridge by po­lice early to­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the bridge just af­ter 12.30am amid fears for his safety.

Po­lice of­fi­cers spent an hour and a half speak­ing to the 24-year-old, who was even­tu­ally talked down.

The bridge had to be closed in both di­rec­tions at around 12.40am while po­lice, am­bu­lance and RNLI crews dealt with the in­ci­dent.

One lifeboat from Broughty Ferry RNLI sta­tion was launched to pro­vide as­sis­tance.

The man was treated by Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice per­son­nel af­ter be­ing helped by po­lice.

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land said of­fi­cers man­aged to suc­cess­fully bring the man down.

She added: “Po­lice Scot­land was called out to at­tend the Tay Road Bridge at 12.33am fol­low­ing con­cerns for a per­son.

“Af­ter a pe­riod of ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween of­fi­cers and the man he was safely brought down from the bridge.

“The in­ci­dent lasted for an hour and a half.

“Of­fi­cers left the scene soon af­ter and the male was left in the care of col­leagues from the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

“No fur­ther po­lice ac­tion is to be taken.” The bridge re­opened soon af­ter emer­gency ser­vices left the scene.

The coast­guard re­ceived a call in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and one lifeboat from Broughty Ferry was sent to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the other emer­gency ser­vices.

A spokesman said: “The coast­guard was called to as­sist with an in­ci­dent at the Tay Road Bridge but in­stead one lifeboat from the Broughty Ferry RNLI at­tended.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just a cou­ple of weeks af­ter lifeboat vol­un­teers, po­lice and am­bu­lance crews car­ried out a dra­matic res­cue of a man from the River Tay.

The alarm was raised just af­ter 8pm on Wed­nes­day May 16 and the 35-year-old was pulled from the wa­ter and treated by paramedics.

Lifeboats were called to at­tend and the man was trans­ferred to the all-weather ves­sel be­fore be­ing seen draped in a blan­ket out­side Broughty Ferry RNLI sta­tion.

CY­CLISTS were given a help­ing hand when an ex­pert car­ried out free main­te­nance work on their bikes. Mike Wood (above), of the Bike Sta­tion, was in the city cen­tre fix­ing and ser­vic­ing bikes free of charge. The ser­vice is funded by Dundee City Coun­cil...

The road bridge.

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