Man clung to woman’s hand for an hour to stop her jumping from M4 bridge
A rugby player clung on to a woman for more than an
hour after she threatened to jump off a bridge.
Heroic Michael Owen held the woman’s hand as he tried
to stop her plunging onto a busy motorway.
Brave act: Michael and girlfriend Jemma
The brave 22-year-old was travelling with girlfriend
Jemma when they noticed the distressed woman
standing on the edge of a bridge near Chippenham, Wilts.
The woman had jumped over the bridge’s safety railings
and was facing the busy M4 motorway below.
The 6ft 5ins bouncer said: “We were driving over the
bridge when my partner pointed out a woman standing on
the other side of the bridge.
and to help her.
“I got to her and started talking to her. She was clearly
very upset, so I just talked about anything I could think of
Michael said the “clearly upset” woman immediately
seemed to calm down after hearing his broad Welsh
He made sure he held on to her hand to make sure she
didn’t slip, despite having broken his playing rugby.
Two fire engines were soon on the scene, but Michael
stayed with the woman for more than an hour as she was
too scared to climb down.
too frightened to go down a ladder, so they needed to
bring out a second engine.
“The police closed off the road and parked a lorry
underneath the bridge, just in case she fell off.”
Back home in Cwmavon, South Wales, Michael’s sister,
Sarah, said she couldn’t be prouder.
Sarah said: “I am just so proud of him for his actions, I
could just burst with pride, and I know the entire family
“He has an amazing personality and a huge heart, which
is evident from his actions here.”