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How To Be A Man When Someone's In Danger

_ We don’t mean to whine, but sometimes being a guy is tricky. Here’s our indispensable guide to acting like a man when someone's in danger. James Ward, 25, was walking home after a night out in London when he came across a heavily intoxicated man threatening to throw himself from a bridge... _

I remember seeing him. A man, alone on Waterloo Bridge, standing on the wrong side of the railings, swaying. He wasn’t speaking English and didn’t look like he was in a good way. You could tell he was drunk.

If you’re watching something like that for longer than 10 seconds, it doesn’t really matter what you think. You’re already a part of it whether you like it or not. Other people were staring or walking past and weren’t doing anything to help him. Someone had to do something.

I just thought, “Shit, there’s a man on the edge of the bridge.” You don’t ask yourself whether the person is going to jump or not, you just know that it’s a risk and he could easily fall, and he’s not in his right mind.I grabbed him. I didn’t ask for permission, I just made sure I had a good grip and started pulling until he was horizontal over the rail.

Someone had to take decisive action. You don’t have time to plan something like that. You just act. The whole think happened so quickly. Afterwards I realised that I could have really fucked things up. Luckily it worked out.

I couldn’t have just got on with my day knowing I’d done nothing. Especially if I found out what might happened afterwards by watching the news or reading the papers. I’d have been utterly disgusted with myself.I just didn’t want it on my conscience. It’s a selfish feeling in a weird way.

Afterwards you say you’re just doing what anyone else would have done. But there were still a lot of people stood watching that did nothing, I don’t understand that.

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