NYPD rescues 'despondent' man who climbed to top of Brooklyn Bridge, shutting it down for 2 hours

1010 WINS Newsroom
May 22, 2020 - 3:05 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The NYPD talked down a "despondent" man who had climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge Friday afternoon after he spent two hours there, prompting the closure of the bridge. He was rescued before 3 p.m.

Officials closed traffic in both directions as police tried to rescue the man, who was standing on the Manhattan side of the bridge.

“A despondent male has scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and is threatening to jump,” the NYPD tweeted just after 12:30 p.m.

Photos from the NYPD showed the man at the top of the bridge and NYPD members working to rescue him. 

Citizen App video shot from lower Manhattan shows police scaling the bridge's cables to get up to the man.

"My hands are literally shaking right now," the woman who recorded the video says. "This is really scary."

Warning: This video contains some profanity.

Brooklyn Bridge Closed Due to Police Activity @CitizenApp

Brooklyn Bridge 12:17:36 PM EDT

Another video shows empty lanes on the bridge and helicopters flying overhead.

Lanes on the bridge were closed to traffic in both directions, according to the city Office of Emergency Management.

Heavy traffic was reported on the FDR Drive and other roads that feed the bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge Closed Due to Police Activity @CitizenApp

Brooklyn Bridge 12:17:36 PM EDT

"This was a truly scary situation on the Brooklyn Bridge — but it wasn’t a tragic one thanks to the men and women of the NYPD," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "This is why we call them New York’s Finest."

"We are living in incredibly stressful times, but no one needs to struggle alone," de Blasio added. "If you need someone to talk to, pick up the phone and call 1-888-NYC-Well. Counselors are standing by."

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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