Firemen talk man out of jumping off Tawau shoplot


KOTA KINABALU: A man, believed to be facing numerous pressures in his life, attempted to jump off a building in Tawau district but was rescued by firemen on Wednesday (Aug 10) night.

The 38-year-old had been sitting outside his window sill on the third floor of a shop lot at Jalan Habib Sheikh, when passers-by noticed him from below.

They called the authorities fearing he might jump off or accidentally fall from there.

State Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Misran Bisara said they received a call about the case at 9.31pm, and sent a team to respond.

"Our men coaxed him out of his thoughts to harm himself, and he was brought back into the shop house unit not long after that," he said.

He said medical officials and psychiatrists who were at the scene gave the man a brief health examination before referring him for psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Tawau Fire Station Chief Julius John said that they were told that the man was facing a lot of stress and pressures of life.

"It is unclear whether he lives with anyone or alone," he said.

Operations ceased at 10pm after the man was safely with medical and psychiatric officials, he said.

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