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Cricket stars help man from bridge's edge

England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad helped rescue a man preparing to jump off a bridge near the team hotel in Sydney.

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England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad have helped to rescue a distressed man who was preparing to jump off a bridge near the team hotel in Sydney.

Wicketkeeper Prior helped to pull the man off the railing of the 19-metre high Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour when the man made a sudden movement as if to jump, London's Daily Telegraph reported.

"We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way": England's Matt Prior.

"We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way": England's Matt Prior. Photo: Getty Images

Prior calmed the unknown man and chatted to him along with fast bowler Broad before police arrived on the scene less than 10 minutes after the call was made, just after 12.30pm on Wednesday.

"We just did what anybody would do in that situation," said Prior.

"We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I look back and I'm just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him."

The players believe the man was from England. He had thrown his telephone, passport and wallet in the water and had taken off his shoes before climbing on to the bridge's railing.

Initially the players thought he was standing on the railing for a dare before realising the seriousness of the situation. The man did not appear to recognise the cricketers.

Prior and Broad were returning from a Barmy Army supporters event at Bungalow 8, a bar in Darling Harbour, where they had been raising funds for the Broad Appeal, a charity founded in honour of Broad's late stepmother Michelle to raise money and awareness to combat motor neurone disease. Michelle took her life after battling the disease for many years.

Broad later tweeted that he was proud of Prior's actions.

 

Terry Minish, the team's security officer, was with the England pair and claimed the man - who said he was from Cheltenham, south-west England - had indicated he wanted to drown.

"Walking back to the hotel we spotted a young man on the edge of the bridge about to jump," Minish said.

"He was saying he just wanted to drown. Matt helped to pull him down off the edge of the bridge and sat with him until the police arrived.

"It all happened very quickly and we acted on impulse. It is what you do in these situations."

Australian coach Darren Lehmanm lauded their efforts on Thursday morning.

‘‘I thank them. It’s a fantastic thing to do,’’ Lehmann said.

‘‘To save someone’s life is pretty special, so from an Australian point of view I thank them for saving another Australian by what they’ve done there.’’

Police said a 24-year-old man was taken to St Vincent's Hosptial for treatment.

AFP and smh.com.au

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by calling Lifeline 131 114, Mensline 1300 789 978, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.