Date
6 December 2016
The woman had boarded the New World ferry in Central for the trip to Mui Wo when she suddenly jumped overboard in waters near Peng Chau. Photo: http://www.nwff.com.hk/
The woman had boarded the New World ferry in Central for the trip to Mui Wo when she suddenly jumped overboard in waters near Peng Chau. Photo: http://www.nwff.com.hk/

Ferry crew save would-be suicide

A woman who jumped into the sea from a New World First ferry in a suicide attempt was saved by the crew.

The 46-year-old woman, surnamed Chiu, boarded the ferry at around 9 a.m. Sunday morning in Central for the trip to Mui Wo, Headline Daily reports.

The woman jumped overboard from the upper deck in waters near Peng Chau.   

Passengers immediately notified the captain, who instructed his crew to come to the rescue.

Five crew members were involved in the rescue, with two jumping after her and the others throwing buoys into the water, according to Apple Daily.

Two of the rescuers were aged 56 and 65. They put a life jacket on the woman and helped her back aboard.

The woman was conscious throughout the rescue effort. She was brought to a hospital where she is in a stable condition.

Police later found a suicide note.

The contents of the note were not revealed but it is believed the woman was having relationship problems.

The 56-year-old rescuer, surnamed Yip, said it was the third time he had saved someone from the sea in his 15 years with New World First Ferry Service.

In 2003, he saved a drunk who had fallen off the deck. 

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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