Nanaimo RCMP say that quick action by two of their officers likely saved a life last month.

On May 28th at around 9:30 AM, bystanders alerted RCMP General Duty Constables Derek Carl and Jessica Barnett to a woman (who looked to be in her late teens) who was perched on top of the Bastion Street bridge railing, looking forlorn.

After attempts to converse with her, Cst. Barnett was successful in getting her to open up about her struggles and talk about why she was up there.

While they talked, Cst. Carl was able to walk up behind her and pull her off of the bridge and into safety. She was then apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

“I was just glad to be in the right place at the right time and was able to engage her long enough, so my partner could safely pull her to safety,” said Cst. Barnett.

“It was evident to both of us she was in a lot of pain. I hope she gets the help she needs to bring her out of the dark place she is in. Tonight was a good night and this is exactly why I joined the RCMP – to help people.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available 24-hours a day at 1-888-494-3888.


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