Ipswich: Heroic David Steed from Stoke Park held on to a vulnerable man on Princes Street bridge
17:21 07 May 2014
An Ipswich man has spoken of the incredible moment that he was left holding on to a man as he dangled off Princes Street bridge, desperate to save him from the deadly water below.
David Steed from Stoke Park, a driver with Ipswich Buses, remained humble following praise for his “courage and benevolence” in rescuing the vulnerable man. He said: “I like to think that what I did, anybody else would have done.”
David had just finished a shift when he was driving home from the bus depot in Constantine Road around 11.45pm on Monday, April 28.
He was travelling over the bridge in Princes Street, near the railway station, when he noticed a bike abandoned and a man standing on the exposed side of the bridge wall.
“I could see he was distressed so just on impulse I thought I’ve got to help this guy, I’m not just going to drive past, it’s not in my nature,” said David.
The man in his 20s, has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
“I thought I’d try and talk to him,” said David. However, the man went over the edge.
“So I grabbed hold of his arm, and there was no way I was going to let that arm go. I tried to calm him down but there was no way I was going to let go of his arm.”
David held on to the man for what he says was roughly ten minutes.
“I was getting desperate because I was holding on to him and I didn’t know how much longer I could hold on to him,” he said. “There was no way I was going to let go of him but I was glad of the back up.”
Fortunately for both men the police responded promptly and hauled the man back over the bridge wall to safety before taking over control of the situation, at which point David made his exit.
He added: “I knew I’d done the right thing because the guy was obviously very distressed and if that had happened at one, two or three o’clock in the morning when nobody was around I’m pretty sure he would have gone in. There wouldn’t have been anybody there to see him.”