Nanaimo, BC – Several Nanaimo RCMP officers are being credited with preventing a distraught female from possibly jumping off a local bridge.
The incident began at approximately 12:30 am on Sunday July 9th when a pedestrian alerted Constable Ross Beisel with Island Traffic Services to the female who appeared to be readying to jump off the Bastion St Bridge. Cst Beisel was at the bridge within minutes and saw the female perched precariously on the outside railing of the bridge, almost 25 feet from the roadway below.
Cst Beisel attempted conversation with her and it soon became apparent to him that the 16 year old female was intent on self-harm. He immediately ensured all vehicle traffic and pedestrians were blocked from entering the bridge and passing below. The officer spoke with the young girl about various issues in her life and was able to establish a dialogue with her. During this time Sergeant Donovan Tait, an RCMP Crisis negotiator, trained for specifically for incidents such as these arrived on scene. After an hour had past the officers were convinced the girl to come in off the railing. She was then apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to local hospital for an assessment.
“This was a gut wrenching situation for everyone involved. Both officers displayed extreme patience and empathy towards the young lady. Most importantly they did everything possible to ensure the incident was resolved successfully and that she did not make a fatal decision. Excellent work by all involved,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Police File # 2017-21739