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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'talked man out of jumping off bridge'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says he has talked a man out of jumping off a bridge.

Television footage showed Mr Erdogan's motorcade stopping on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge, where a man was apparently contemplating jumping off.

Mr Erdogan's aides are heard telling the man that the president wants to speak to him, then seen escorting him to Mr Erdogan's car. Mr Erdogan does not leave his vehicle and keeps his phone pressed to his ear, but the man leans in and the two are seen talking.

An official from Mr Erdogan's office told The Associated Press the man was depressed because of family issues.

Mr Erdogan promised to help, said the official.


From Belfast Telegraph