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Turkey's president stops man on bridge from committing suicide

A man was apparently preparing to jump to his death when Erdogan's passing motorcade stopped to prevent him from committing suicide
An image grab of the Turkish man being escorted to the president (YouTube)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prevented a man from jumping off Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on Friday.

The man was apparently preparing to jump to his death when Erdogan's motorcade was passing over the bridge linking Europe with Asia after Friday prayers.

News footage showed Erdogan's bodyguards bringing the sobbing man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, to talk to the president.

The man was then escorted to safety, the Dogan news agency reported.

It said police had been trying for almost two hours to talk the man out of committing suicide after he abandoned his car on the bridge and climbed over the side railing.

He has long been suffering from depression due to family problems, Dogan said.

The iconic bridge spanning the Bosphorus at a height of 64 metres (211 feet) is a frequent suicide spot.