Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Heroic David Steed from Stoke Park held on to a vulnerable man on Princes Street bridge

17:21 07 May 2014

David Steed from Ipswich, who rescued a man as he attempted to commit suicide

David Steed from Ipswich, who rescued a man as he attempted to commit suicide

Archant

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.

shares

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.”

shares

3 comments

  • Noble work Mr Steed and praises for your swift action.

    Report this comment

    Steve Blake

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Nice to know that there are still Good Samaritans.

    Report this comment

    Homeland warrior

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • well done that man!!

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Traffic

The A14 has reopened after a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 this evening.

Oscar Fitzgerald

A man from Lowestoft who raped a 12-year-old girl after meeting her online has been jailed.

Fire Service Stock Pictures

Firefighters are currently tackling a blaze in Wivenhoe.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is premiering Dad's Army. In conjunction with the cinemas 80th Birthday.

A Suffolk town’s theatre and cinema kicked off its 80th birthday celebrations in style with a sell-out premiere screening of star-studded film Dad’s Army.

An East of England Ambulance on a blue-light call. Library image.

An ambulance crash which left a man fighting for his life has prompted two investigations.

The Lego model of Moyses Hall Museum in Bury arrives at the museum.

Mayors get to open and unveil pretty much everything, but one ceremonial Suffolk leader is likely the first ever to reveal to the world a Lego version of himself opening a Lego version of the local museum.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Another week of great music and events is upon us and Remi Morrison brings you a round up of what is happening in Ipswich over the next few days.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24