Woman survives fall from bridge

GEORGE TOWN: For five hours, a 36-year-old woman stayed afloat after she fell from the Penang Bridge.

It was at about 10pm on Friday night when she was eventually rescued by the police some 10km away at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong.

“We found that she had jellyfish stings on her. She was sent to the Penang Hospital for treatment, ” said George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang.

He said the woman had fallen off the bridge at the 7th kilometre mark on the island-bound lane.

“We received a phone call from a witness at 5.30pm on Friday saying that the woman was seen jumping off the bridge.”

“However, the victim said she stopped by the bridge after experiencing problems with her car. She said she was just sitting by the bridge after her car broke down and accidentally fell, ” he said.

ACP Che Zaimani said the woman also claimed to not know how to swim but knew techniques that allowed her to float.

“She said that was how she kept herself from sinking, ” he said.

He said initial investigations also revealed that the woman’s mother passed away 17 days ago.

“According to her husband, she became depressed after her mother died and has been receiving treatment at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital, ” he added.

Last month, The Star reported that unreported suicide attempts along the two Penang Bridges are on the rise.

There were three suicide cases on both bridges within the first six months of this year. There were five cases in 2017 and six cases last year.

Those in trouble or in need of someone to talk to can call the Befrienders KL at 03-7956 8145, 04-281 5161/1108 in Penang, 05-547 7933/7955 in Ipoh or email sam@befrienders.org.my.

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