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Woman saved from bridge leap

By: Martin A. Sadongdong

The Pasay City Rescue Team saved a woman who jumped off a footbridge in a tension-gripped rescue operation on EDSA corner Taft Avenue early yesterday.

Michael Flores, a member of the Pasay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), said police have yet to identify the woman who refused to speak to authorities. Flores, however, said the woman is between 25 to 30 years old.

Flores said the woman was rescued around 8:40 a.m. when a team led by Miguel Culambot failed to convince her to go down from the edge of the footbridge.

The woman decided to jump, but luckily she landed safely on a blanket set by the team underneath the bridge, leaving her unscathed.

According to Flores, the woman was first seen by a security guard of a fastfood chain as she was sitting on top of the footbridge column and looking suspicious around 5:30 a.m.

The woman kept on standing a few meters on the edge of the bridge and going back to her seat, he said.

A vendor also saw the woman 15 minutes later on the edge of the footbridge, prompting her to immediately called the police.

Had the rescue team arrived later, the incident could be deadly as the footbridge is as high as a three-story building, Flores added.

Although the woman was not harmed, she was rushed to Pasay City General Hospital for medical checkup.

Flores said they have yet to identify the reason why the woman jumped off the bridge but believes she is suffering from depression.

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