Quick-thinking fishmongers save man from bridge plunge death

This Is Lancashire: Lee Kirk and Darren Hamer at Grundy’s fish market Lee Kirk and Darren Hamer at Grundy’s fish market

THREE quick-thinking fishmongers saved a man’s life — after spotting him leaning from a bridge as they drove to work.

Darren Hamer, boss of HJ Grundy meats and fish in Bolton Market, was driving to work with his employees Lee Kirk and Paul Barrett when they saw what they believed was a coat hanging over the bridge in Bradford Street, The Haulgh, at around 5am last Saturday.

Mr Hamer, aged 42, quickly turned the van around after they realised it was a man hanging on to the railings of the bridge over the southbound carriageway of St Peter’s Way.

Mr Kirk, aged 46, and Mr Barrett, aged 39, jumped out of the van as it was coming to a halt and ran to help the man.

Mr Kirk said: “We couldn’t believe it that a man was there in that position. He was a Russian man and we was all suited up.

“We thought he’d had too much to drink at first then realised what he was doing. We managed to get him to the floor.

“He said his wife had left him and he had nothing to live for. I had major heart surgery last January and I told him he had everything to live for.”

Mr Hamer called police and the heroic trio stayed with the man, comforting him.

He showed them letters he had written to his wife and children and his passport.

He was very emotional, telling the men why he was there.

A police spokesman said officers attended and the man, aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Mr Kirk said: “We were reflecting on it afterwards and if we had been a second or two later we would have lost him.

“We feel very humbled. I feel humbled that a surgeon saved my life and then a year later I saved someone else’s life.”

Mr Hamer said: “It was really lucky that we were there as we have to get Paul up so it is just lucky that he was up in time that day.

"It was a real shame finding the man like that.”

The incident happened on Saturday, December 28, just hours after another man had died at the same spot.

On Friday evening Kyle Smith, aged 26, died after falling from the bridge.

Police were called and found him on the wrong side of the barrier, but he fell while they were talking to him. Officers attempted to hold on to him.

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9:03am Sun 5 Jan 14

johnnywomble9 says...

Bit insensitive considering that someone died falling from this bridge around a week ago. Have some decency bolton news
Bit insensitive considering that someone died falling from this bridge around a week ago. Have some decency bolton news johnnywomble9

9:11am Sun 5 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

johnnywomble9 wrote:
Bit insensitive considering that someone died falling from this bridge around a week ago. Have some decency bolton news
How is reporting a story of a life being saved insensitive?
[quote][p][bold]johnnywomble9[/bold] wrote: Bit insensitive considering that someone died falling from this bridge around a week ago. Have some decency bolton news[/p][/quote]How is reporting a story of a life being saved insensitive? Hough64

9:20am Sun 5 Jan 14

The bluetooth. says...

Need high fencing on that bridge now. Its a suicide hotspot. Also need to look at the root of the problem. Why is people getting into that state anyway. Most times poor financial situations lead to couples quaralling. They hearts become distant and all it takes for another incident to happen and all of a sudden hell breaks loose. Back in the day couples stood by each other through thick and thin. Finance and materials were very little but the hearts were together. Now genarally all seems ok but hearts are being disunited over petty things.
Need high fencing on that bridge now. Its a suicide hotspot. Also need to look at the root of the problem. Why is people getting into that state anyway. Most times poor financial situations lead to couples quaralling. They hearts become distant and all it takes for another incident to happen and all of a sudden hell breaks loose. Back in the day couples stood by each other through thick and thin. Finance and materials were very little but the hearts were together. Now genarally all seems ok but hearts are being disunited over petty things. The bluetooth.

12:19pm Sun 5 Jan 14

MrBenggo says...

Well done Mr. Hamer and friends,anyone could be in this position as the Russian man was,when it seems there is nothing in life to live for.
Well done Mr. Hamer and friends,anyone could be in this position as the Russian man was,when it seems there is nothing in life to live for. MrBenggo

12:34pm Sun 5 Jan 14

boltonnut says...

I bet you're glad this one did not get away,well done gentlemen.
I bet you're glad this one did not get away,well done gentlemen. boltonnut

1:49pm Sun 5 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

"He was a Russian man and we was all suited up.". What has being suited up got to do with anything?
"He was a Russian man and we was all suited up.". What has being suited up got to do with anything? bernie boy

2:26pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Again brave members of the general public succeed where the failed A level students who become police officers fail...well done all you fishmongers!!!
Again brave members of the general public succeed where the failed A level students who become police officers fail...well done all you fishmongers!!! Comment777

4:07pm Sun 5 Jan 14

aido1608 says...

Look's like you did a better job than what the Police did for Kyle Smith
Well Done
Look's like you did a better job than what the Police did for Kyle Smith Well Done aido1608

4:09pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Well done to those who saved a life but I'm trying to understand why this story is being covered by the BN's crime reporter. Suicide maybe a "crime against God" in the eyes of the Catholic church but I've never seen anyone being taken to court for attempting suicide. Very odd...
Well done to those who saved a life but I'm trying to understand why this story is being covered by the BN's crime reporter. Suicide maybe a "crime against God" in the eyes of the Catholic church but I've never seen anyone being taken to court for attempting suicide. Very odd... Rememberscarborough

6:06pm Sun 5 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
Well done to those who saved a life but I'm trying to understand why this story is being covered by the BN's crime reporter. Suicide maybe a "crime against God" in the eyes of the Catholic church but I've never seen anyone being taken to court for attempting suicide. Very odd...
it used to be an offence to attempt suicide - and this in my lifetime. Luckily this is not so today. I sincerely hope these men really helped this poor Russian man to come to terms with whatever was troubling him.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Well done to those who saved a life but I'm trying to understand why this story is being covered by the BN's crime reporter. Suicide maybe a "crime against God" in the eyes of the Catholic church but I've never seen anyone being taken to court for attempting suicide. Very odd...[/p][/quote]it used to be an offence to attempt suicide - and this in my lifetime. Luckily this is not so today. I sincerely hope these men really helped this poor Russian man to come to terms with whatever was troubling him. oftbewildered2

6:07pm Sun 5 Jan 14

fay clarke says...

So the fishmongers went away happy to have saved that poor despressed man. I wonder if he is glad to be alive with nothing for him to live for?
So the fishmongers went away happy to have saved that poor despressed man. I wonder if he is glad to be alive with nothing for him to live for? fay clarke

6:13pm Sun 5 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Hope that he gets the help and support that he obviously needs. Well done, fellas. Absolutely commendable.
Hope that he gets the help and support that he obviously needs. Well done, fellas. Absolutely commendable. I, Ludicrous

6:46pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

I'm a regular at their stall. Well done the lads.
One of the most sensible thing I have heard from The Bluetooth.
I'm a regular at their stall. Well done the lads. One of the most sensible thing I have heard from The Bluetooth. Greasy Chip Butty

9:56pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

aido1608 wrote:
Look's like you did a better job than what the Police did for Kyle Smith
Well Done
Absolutely. because these people were pro-active...
[quote][p][bold]aido1608[/bold] wrote: Look's like you did a better job than what the Police did for Kyle Smith Well Done[/p][/quote]Absolutely. because these people were pro-active... Comment777

9:59pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Comment777 wrote:
Again brave members of the general public succeed where the failed A level students who become police officers fail...well done all you fishmongers!!!
Remember the police failed to see the benefit of closing the road as their victim was threatening to jump. Maybe he would have survived the fall if he had not been hit by a car. Feel for the car driver who along with others using the road should have been prevented from doing so...
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Again brave members of the general public succeed where the failed A level students who become police officers fail...well done all you fishmongers!!![/p][/quote]Remember the police failed to see the benefit of closing the road as their victim was threatening to jump. Maybe he would have survived the fall if he had not been hit by a car. Feel for the car driver who along with others using the road should have been prevented from doing so... Comment777

2:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

ke1979 says...

Well done. In the right plaice at the the right time.
Well done. In the right plaice at the the right time. ke1979

6:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

myfanwy7 says...

Great headline
Great headline myfanwy7

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