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Foreign Tourist Dives Into Nanjing Lake to Save Suicidal Woman [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/18/2014 2:25 pm

nanjing suicide rescue lake foreignerA Nanjing woman who tried to commit suicide by jumping into a lake has been saved by a foreign tourist who happened to be passing by on a tour boat, reports Xinhua.net. The incident occurred at around 2pm on August 17 on the east side of Fuzi Temple at Pingjiang Bridge.

The woman plunged into the river just a tour boat was passing by. The foreigner, on board the boat, noticed the woman in the water and dove in to save her. The woman’s boyfriend was also on scene and helped in the rescue effort.

Fortunately the woman appears to be okay.nanjing suicide rescue lake foreignernanjing suicide rescue lake foreigner

UPDATED 11:40am August 19: Here’s a video taken at the scene:

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Photos: DQ Daily

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17 Year-Old Guangdong Girl Broadcasts Suicide Attempt Over WeChat

Posted: 05/30/2014 1:59 pm

girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsDistraught over a failed relationship, a 17 year-old girl surnamed Fu
broadcast her suicide attempt online using the WeChat social media service, reports the Nandu.

READ: Guangdong Schoolgirl Attempts Suicide Because
Teacher Disapproved of Hairdo

After failing to win the affections of her love interest, Fu cut her wrists in a hotel room in Jiangmen, Guangdong at around 7:50pm on May 28. Fu posted pictures of her bloodied arm online as well as this text:

  • girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsHalf of my heart is bleeding, half of my heart forgives.
  • How long will it take to forget you?
  • As much as this hurts, it doesn’t hurt as much as my heart hurts
  • What am I, in the end? I say other people are retarded, but I am also myself. Chen Xuanlin, I hate you.
  • I’m someone who has never done drugs before, but today, what else is there to do? I love you, Wenjie.
  • I love him, but he doesn’t love me. Love is always like that.
  • I won’t be so foolish again, won’t force it, forcing this won’t result in happiness, I won’t make you stay because of my tears.

An unidentified friend in Fu’s WeChat social circle saw the posts and had the following conversation with her:

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Friend: What are you up to?
Fu: Killing myself.
Friend: Sister, do you need me to call the police?
Fu: No need, I want to die.
Friend: Dying at such a young age is a tragedy. Where are you right now?
Fu: Haiyi Hotel, Room #505

The friend found Fu at the specified location and notified emergency services, who in turn were able to successfully rescue Fu.

READ: Threatening to Jump, Woman in Zhongshan
Falls Asleep During Suicide Attempt

Fu had used shards from a broken tea pot to make dozens of gashes into her left front forearm. Upon inspection, medical personnel say the cuts are not deep, and that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Police say that Fu had been using methamphetamine before the suicide attempt, but are unsure as to the source of the drug.

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Photos: Nandu

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Man in Shenzhen Strips, Threatens to Jump Off Fake Eiffel Tower

Posted: 05/21/2014 9:15 am

Tourists who came to Shenzhen’s Windows of the World, a theme park filled with replicas of famous world landmarks, on May 18 were shocked to find another spectacular view—a naked man perched on top of a replica of the Eiffel Tower, threatening to jump.

The man climbed all the way to the top of the tower and stripped down to his underwear, causing quite a commotion and scaring off some female visitors.  According to a report by Huaxi Metropolis Daily, the man was attempting to get attention after his house in Sichuan Province was demolished by local authorities in a land dispute.

Online images uploaded by witnesses show the man’s body was covered with words like “help”, “Nanchong” (his home city), and “ordinary people”. 

According to flyers distributed at the scene, the 46 year-old man had engaged in a physical confrontation with people working for the local authority over a land dispute. Out of despair, he came to Shenzhen and chose a public way to petition for his alleged grievance. No word on what ultimately happened to the guy.

Earlier in April, Guangzhou complained that residents from other provinces and cities came to the city and tarnished its image with an increasing number of petition-seeking bridge jumpers. We figure we will see a similar report from Shenzhen soon.

 

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Negotiations, Chinese-Style: Huizhou Man Threatens Suicide with Noose Around Neck

Posted: 04/29/2014 4:32 pm

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Ye Deming climbed to the top of a 50m high crane yesterday at 9.30am to complain the road to his illegal farm in Luoyang township, Boluo county near Huizhou was blocked. Ye’s cows are starving from not getting any food for eight days.

After negotiations with city representatives, Ye came down from the crane on his own volition at 12.05pm, and was taken into custody.

A representative for Boluo county said Ye’s farm is in an illegal zone, is full of contaminants, and has received numerous complaints from residents.

Guangdong province has been the location for many people that have sought to gain attention for their grievances through the use of attempted suicide, usually from a tall location from which many people can see you. The Guangzhou government recently passed a law that would harshly penalize such “petition jumpers“ who usually act this way out of desperation from being denied justice from a justice system.

Photo: Nandu

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Heyuan Murder Suspect Jumps from 7th Floor Window to Avoid Capture

Posted: 04/24/2014 4:55 pm

Heyuan jumper murder suspect air mattress building suicide attemptAfter the grisly stabbing that left a mahjong parlor manager dead on April 18, a massive manhunt was on to catch prime suspect Wu X Zhong that included a RMB 20,000 reward.

On the afternoon of April 23, Wu was tracked down to his Shilong Plaza apartment in Yuancheng District of the City of Heyuan, Guangdong. Trapped on the seventh floor with no way out, Wu threatened to jump. Police cordoned off the area, called firefighters, and arranged to have an air bag set up on the street below.

RELATED: Pregnant Woman Commits Suicide, Family Blames Hospital

The bureau chief of the Yuancheng police and his own friend Li tried to talk Wu down, but after an hour of negotiation, Wu jumped.

Wu landed on the air mattress below. He was taken into custody, and is facing criminal charges.

People threatening to jump from tall places are usually wanting to attract attention, and a good barometer of having gotten enough attention is if an air mattress gets set up underneath.

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Photos: Dongguan Network

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Suicide Affecting Laowai Population, too: Foreigner Threatens to Jump from GZ Building
Guangdong Schoolgirl Attempts Suicide Because Teacher Disapproved of Hairdo
A 16 Year-Old Boy Under Pressure At School Jumps to His Death in Shenzhen

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Guangzhou’s Image Tarnished By Attention-Seeking Bridge Jumpers

Posted: 04/21/2014 9:38 am

China’s petitioners have a history of “gao yuzhuang” (告御状) where victims of injustice during China’s feudal times would petition officials in hope of redressing their grievances. When attempts failed, petitioners often resorted to extreme measures.

In today’s Guangzhou (or China at large), not much has changed: disgruntled petitioners denied redress often draw attention to their issues by threatening to harm themselves.

According to figures released by the Guangzhou Politics and Law Commission, Guangzhou has seen a sharp rise in incidents of “malicious acts of jumping from bridges,” said the commission in charge of the city’s social stability and legal affairs.

“Since April 14, Guangzhou has seen 85 cases of people climbing atop a bridge, of which 73 were not suicide attempts. Almost 90 percent of the people attempting the act were not local residents and most of the cases in question were not related to issues in Guangzhou,” said Luo Zhenliang, deputy head of the city’s police department, reported by Nanfang Net on April 18.

These attention-seeking methods were labelled by the official as “kidnapping Guangzhou’s public interest, damaging the city’s image and severely affecting people’s normal life.”

To further clarify his point, the commission cited stacks of well prepared figures. In April 2009 alone, Zhuhai had 8 incidents of attention seekers threatening to jump from the Zhuhai Bridge. As a result, the Zhuhai fire brigade sent out 49 firefighters, eight fire trucks and eight 22-meter-long air cushions, an ambulance with a doctor and two nurses, leading to a direct economic loss of more than RMB 1 million ($162,000).

Admittedly, these acts cause unnecessary economic losses. But when the ideal petition process through the Petition Bureau is less than satisfactory, and the legal system offers little recourse, the number of bridge jumpers is unlikely to decrease any time soon.

Home page photo credit: Nanfang Metropolis Daily 

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Threatening to Jump, Woman in Zhongshan Falls Asleep During Suicide Attempt

Posted: 04/16/2014 6:06 pm

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When is a suicide attempt a cry for help, and when is it a cry for attention? We may never know for sure, but one thing is certain: attempting suicide can make people dead tired, especially for a 50 year-old woman in the city of Zhongshan, Nandu reports.

Emergency services arrived at 10:40pm in the Antang neighborhood of Dayong District to see a woman threatening to jump off a second-story roof. Visibly agitated, the woman continually cried out but rejected any offers of help by emergency responders.

Firefighters were not able to approach the woman since the area was too dark to safely mount a rescue; turning on more lights was simply out of the question. As such, they decided not to take any further action. Instead, firefighters set up an air mattress below as personnel took shifts to watch over the woman should anything occur. It didn’t.

Instead, they found the suicidal woman had settled for dreamland over heaven and had fallen asleep on the roof. When firefighters approached the woman in the early morning hours and inadvertently woke her up, the woman got up and renewed her previous threats of suicide with fresh vigor now that she had gotten a good night’s rest.

Perhaps realizing that living on the roof is rent-free, a neighbor intervened. At 10am on April 15, a full 12 hours after the incident started, the neighbor successfully negotiated with the woman to come down from the roof.

It turns out the woman was upset because her personal ID and cash had been stolen and that she had been beaten up by someone. That being said, it’s still not clear what demands she was making while threatening to end her own life.

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Photos: Nandu

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Guangdong schoolgirl attempts suicide because teacher disapproved of hairdo

Posted: 04/1/2014 4:27 pm
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Photo: Nandu.com

It’s not just the bald man who laments, “Hair today; gone tomorrow.”

On March 30 at around 7pm, police in the city of Heshan concluded 16 year-old schoolgirl Xiao Zhong leaped from the third story of the Shanping Middle School in an apparent suicide attempt, reported Nandu.com.

Urged by government officials to find a harmonious conclusion to this investigation so as to preserve teacher-student relations, police have found that Xiao Zhong was not coerced into this action; however, they still do not have a clear reason for the suicide attempt.

Xiao Zhong had left clues leading up to her jump. Her last QQ status update was: “Please cherish the last moments we spent together this past week, okay? while another message she left was Am going to the place they call Heaven!

Fellow students of Xiao Zhong say that the teacher of the homeroom did not find her hairstyle to be suitable according to school requirements, and would “teach her a lesson”. Xiao Zhong had gotten her hair done in a “W” style because the name of the boy she has a crush on starts with this letter.

Police would refer to this infatuation in pointing out that Xiao Zhong was in a state of “emotional turbulence”; as well, they would offer conclusive proof to her state of un-being by finding a note in her belongings that said, In this world, what are feelings for?”

Xiao Zhong suffered serious head injuries and bone fractures; she is currently in the Intensive Care Unit where her condition has been stabilized.

Xiao Zhong’s father, who works in a shoe factory along with her mother and fully admits he knows nothing about his own daughter’s emotional state, said about Xiao Zhong’s condition:

“I don’t know why she would jump off a roof; all I want for her is for her to get another new haircut.”

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Guy attacks an ostrich as part of elaborate suicide attempt, ultimately fails

Posted: 01/23/2013 7:00 am

A man was rescued by police in a zoo in Shaoguan City on January 19 after a bizarre suicide attempt which followed even more bizarre behaviour, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The man, Li, 27, from Yunnan Province, attacked an ostrich in the zoo and bit it to death in front of onlookers who included children and elderly people. He then slashed his wrists as police were called.

Xu Jianwen, deputy head of Datang Road police station told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, Li was highly excitable and simulated firing a gun at the policemen. He was already covered in blood when police arrived.

As he began to lose strength, Li lay on the ostrich’s corpse like a pillow before police approached him tentatively. He offered little resistance before police dragged him away.

He was rushed to hospital where his condition soon stabilized. However, that night, his condition worsened and he was returned to hospital. He appears to be out of the woods now. A suicide note was found on his person. The note urged his parents to have a good life, saying there was no need to worry about him anymore.

Li works as a security guard and has been described by colleagues as an introvert who is unusually quiet when at work. He was also described as being straight-forward.

Police drag a bleeding Li away from the ostrich’s corpse

The name of his company was not revealed to media.

Whether this was a genuine attempted suicide or a cry for help, I think we can all agree: the man needs help.

Li claims to have no recollection of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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Guangzhou girl, distraught at poor exam results, drinks pesticide

Posted: 07/30/2012 7:00 am

As families make great financial sacrifices to get their children an education, and hopefully a passport out of poverty, the pressure on students has been increasing significantly in recent years.

There has been something of a wave of suicides and attempted suicides among students worried about their job prospects and guilty about potentially letting their families down.

Now a 15 year-old Guangzhou girl named Xiao Ling is in a stable condition after she swallowed fertilizer due to the repercussions of performing badly in the High School Entrance Examination, according to local media. Doctors at Zhujiang Hospital said she is not out of danger yet after they pumped her stomach.

Xiao Ling is still in danger of contracting an intestinal disease, or doing serious damage to other organs, so she is being held at the hospital indefinitely.

Her father, surnamed Shen, confessed to having a combustible temper and admitted that he had scolded her loudly after her poor results meant he would have to pay money he could not afford to enable her to continue her formal education.

Shen explained that the family’s financial situation was precarious to begin with, and they had a lot of hope riding on Xiao Ling’s performance in school. To get into a good High Schhol, she had to score 500 points, but on this occasion only managed 391 points.

In 2009, Lan Jing, member of Yunnan Province’s Political Consultative Committee and Chairman of the Business School at Yunnan Normal University suggested abolishing the High School Entrance Examination, but no such action has been taken.

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