On Friday afternoon, traffic was shut down across the Brooklyn Bridge as police rescued a man who had scaled the bridge and was threatening to jump. After almost four hours, the NYPD safely retrieved the man and traffic resumed.
“A despondent male has scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and is threatening to jump,” read a tweet from NYPD Special Ops, along with aerial photos of the ongoing incident.
Man Rescued From Brooklyn Bridge
Photos and videos were shared on Twitter showing the man sitting on the edge as police approached him. Around a dozen officers were reportedly on the scene. One Twitter video shows the man being taken into custody, as people below cheer.
According to the New York Post, the police placed the man into a portably gurney and rappelled down the bridge. He will reportedly be brought to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
According to NBC News, the event started around noon, and the man “voluntarily surrendered” by 3:30 this afternoon. Many Twitter users shared their relief over the rescue, with one saying, “Thank you to the people that saved the man at the Brooklyn Bridge and I’m hopeful they get him the help he needs.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio Tweets About The Incident
After the rescue, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about it. He called it a “truly scary situation,” linking to a local news story. He added that it “wasn’t a tragic one thanks to the men and women of the NYPD.”
“This is why they call them New York’s Finest,” the mayor wrote. He shared the phone number for New York’s mental health hotline, 1-888-NYC-WELL, acknowledging, “We are living in incredibly stressful times, but no one needs to struggle alone.”
“If you need someone to talk to, pick up the phone,” he said. “Counselors are standing by.”