Police rescue bridge jumper in Riga / Article

On June 28, shortly after 9 p.m., the water safety and civil protection department of the Rīga city police received information from the employees of the State Fire and Rescue Service about a man who was going to jump into the Daugava from the Salu bridge.

While surveying the body of water near the Salu bridge, the rescuer found no one on the bridge or in the water, so he immediately descended the Daugava, where he spotted a boat with people were trying to throw a lifeline at the person. When the officer approached the person in the water, he noticed that the man had let go of the lifeline and was slowly sinking underwater. The policeman grabbed the man by the foot and pulled him into the boat. The injured man was unconscious.

The drowning person was quickly brought ashore and handed over to the emergency medical service.

Compared to last year, the number of drowned people rescued this year has increased significantly. Five drowned were rescued in Riga last year, but this year 10 drowned were rescued between January 1 and July 5.

As LSM reports each year, Latvia consistently tops European drownings per capita rankings with dozens killed in summer and winter when careless fishermen regularly fall through the ice.

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