Mounties talk man off bridge

NANAIMO – Police talked a man down from a bridge in downtown Nanaimo Thursday.

  • Jul. 5, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Nanaimo Mounties diverted traffic Wednesday morning to talk a man off the Bastion Street bridge in downtown Nanaimo.

Police were called out shortly before 6 a.m. when a passerby noticed a man sitting on the railing of the bridge who appeared he might have been contemplating jumping off.

Terminal Avenue, which runs under the bridge, was closed for about 15 minutes while members negotiated with the man.

Once a rapport was established the man agreed to come off the bridge and was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Nanaimo RCMP want to remind people in crisis they can call the 24-hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. They can also search out community resources online by visiting the Vancouver Island Crisis Society website at www.vicrisis.ca.