Dramatic footage captured the moment a man was rescued before he could jump off Humber Bridge in Yorkshire.

Officers from Humberside Police and Fire and Rescue teams initially handcuffed him to the railings before hauling him over the side.

However, the man then made another attempt to throw himself off the suspension bridge, reports Grimsby Live.

The incident was filmed as part of a reality show called 999 Rescue Squad which features the work of the ambulance service’s Hazardous Area Rescue Team.

Clips from the programme show specialist paramedic officers arriving near the middle of the bridge where officers have been working to prevent a tragedy.

Speaking off camera, a policeman tells a paramedic: “He’s basically on the other side, he’s handcuffed to the railings. He’s kind of talking to us.

"Obviously he’s very hypothermic. We’re just trying to talk with him, negotiate so he’ll stand up and we can help him over.

“They’ve just about got him back over, he just needs someone to keep an eye on him up there so they can drag him over. He’s handcuffed to the railings on the other side.”

A specially trained officer from Humberside Police speaks to the man as footage shows two firefighters hauling him over the railings.

The incident features in the second series of 999 Rescue Squad which is currently being shown on the W channel.

It follows a double tragedy on Humber Bridge when two men jumped within minutes of each other earlier this month.

One of the men was identified as Sam Conlin, 24, from Hull. The second man was a well-known musician and grandfather who was in his 40s.

In a statement Humberside Police said they did everything they could to save the men.

Speaking after the rescue on 999 Rescue Squad, HART paramedic Tim Bradley-Cooper described how his team treat cases like the Humber Bridge incident.

He said: “It’s about gaining trust and engaging in dialogue and having an understanding. Not being judgemental. It’s an illness and like any illness it takes time to heal. It’s about there and then, starting that journey and bringing them back from the brink.”

Tim, who said he had dealt with his own mental health issues, said: “Let’s be frank, it’s human nature, it’s normal. It’s normal to feel the way you do when things aren’t going quite right. There’s nothing wrong per se with you, we just need to deal with that illness.

“There is stigma around mental health. That is slowly changing and for real, not just paid lip service. It is genuinely changing. I think people have to stand up and say ‘no it’s OK to talk about it’.”

After the double tragedy, the Humber Bridge Board said: “We take the issue of suicide at The Humber Bridge extremely seriously and have a comprehensive range of procedures in place to identify emotionally distressed individuals, intervene along with the emergency services and, in the vast majority of cases, lead them safely from the bridge."

"All of our personnel up to Chief Executive level are trained in recognising and assisting emotionally distressed individuals."

Tim and his fellow HART paramedics are featuring on TV for the first time. The teams were set up in the wake of the 7/7/ terrorist bombings to deal with major incidents and hazards.

Mike Shanahan, Head of Special Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “I’m delighted that the work of our HART is being showcased in this exciting TV series."

  • 999 Rescue Squad   is on the W channel at 10pm on Tuesdays and repeated at 9pm on Fridays.

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