A suicidal man climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge late Friday morning and stayed for hours before he was rescued, causing cops to stop traffic on the famed thoroughfare in both directions.
“A despondent male has scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and is threatening to jump. #ESU is actively gearing up to rescue the male. #Aviation & #Harbor are providing aerial surveillance and waterside security,” the NYPD Special Ops account tweeted Friday.
Rescuers got to the scene at about 11:52 a.m. and the man remained atop the Manhattan-side tower on the south side of the bridge, facing the Statue of Liberty, with about a dozen officers trying to convince him to come down.
Just before 3 p.m., officers placed him into custody and then strapped him to a portable gurney and rappelled down the bridge with him.
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