ISLAMABAD: A Rawalpindi resident on Sunday jumped into a 100-feet deep well in an apparent suicide attempt.
He refused to come out of the well for hours but rescuers finally managed to pull him out after a prolonged operation.
Danish Ali, a 25-year-old resident of the Bakra Mandi area, had jumped into a deep well in what is suspected to be a suicide attempt.
Initially, rescuers were told that it was an accident and that he had fallen in while trying to fix a water pump. However, when the rescuers reached the scene, they learnt that it was a suicide attempt, and the man was refusing to be rescued.
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“Reportedly, he was disturbed over some family matters. He refused to be rescued,” a Rescue 1122 official told The Express Tribune, “When one of the rescuers went down initially, the man threatened to capture him as well.”
The rescuer was pulled back up for his safety.
Later, when the rescuers tried to talk to the man and counselled him, he finally agreed to reconsider his decision.
Upon his compliance, a rescuer was cautiously lowered and safely brought the man back up.
Officials said the man had been holding on to some sort of floating device due to which he did not drown.
He had not suffered any injury but was in shock, rescue officials said. The whole operation lasted three hours, and over a dozen officials took part in the operation.
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After evacuation, the staff wanted to take him to a hospital for a complete medical examination, but the man refused.
A senior rescue officer convinced him see a doctor, following which he was shifted to the nearby Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi to undergo a complete medical examination along with a psychological analysis.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2018.