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Spilt-second decision by couple helped save life

A SPILT-SECOND decision by a young Omagh couple saved the life of a distressed man who appeared to be about to jump off a town centre bridge. 

Neil Mellon and Colleen McCullagh were travelling along the Hospital Road on Monday afternoon when the situation unfolded at around 4.30pm. 
 
They noticed the man stepping over a metal barricade on the bridge at Cranny, stopped and tried to help.
 
The couple spent upwards on 30 minutes along with up to six others desperately holding onto the man. 
 
Police, the fire service and ambulance service personnel also arrived at the scene and the man was taken to hospital.
 
Speaking to the UH, Mr Mellon, said both he and Colleen were glad they had arrived “just in time.”
 
“There’s no doubt in my mind that our actions and those of the others who were present helped to save this person’s life,” he said.
 
“We were travelling along the Hospital Road when Colleen noticed him stepping over the metal barricade on the bridge. It was a split second moment, but I’m so glad that we decided to stop.
 
“It was a very traumatic experience for everyone who was there because he was clearly very agitated. Our first instinct was to try and help and I’m so thankful that we did.”
 
A spokesperson for the PSNI said that they received a report on Monday afternoon of the male in distress in the vicinity of the Hospital Road and that there were concerns for his safety. 
 
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it had sent two emergency crews to the scene.
 
“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, was patient was transferred to the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen,” they added. 
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