VIDEO: ‘Suicidal’ man pulled to safety from balcony by rescue workers

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The man climbs down off the balcony as crowds watch below (YouTube)
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The man embraces his rescuer before being lowered to the ground (YouTube)
Updated 21 September 2017
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VIDEO: ‘Suicidal’ man pulled to safety from balcony by rescue workers

DUBAI: This video has captured the moment a man who had threatened to kill himself was pulled to safety from an upper level balcony.
The rescue was carried out by civil defense officers in the Al Khuwair district of Muscat, Oman on Wednesday, the Times of Oman reported.
Members of the public can be seen on the street watching and cheering as the rescue worker reaches the man who is standing on the outside of a balcony.
As the man steps into the cradle, he appears to raise his fist triumphantly before hugging his rescuer. They then lower down to street level, where the crowds gather.
A statement from the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance read: “Rescue teams and Royal Oman Police in Muscat managed to thwart an individual’s attempt to commit suicide from the roof of a building in Al Khuwair.”
It is not clear what happened to the man once they reached the street below, there was no mention of whether he was handed over to police and arrested for his failed suicide attempt.


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.