A young Dubai policeman spent more than two hours negotiating with an Asian man threatening to commit a suicide on Saturday, before dissuading him from hanging himself by promising to resolve his financial problem with his company.
Corporal Yaurb Mohammed Al Ali was heading home at the end of his shift hours when he found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near the International Village was blocked by hundreds of cars after the Asian driver stopped his crane truck in the middle of the road and threatened to hang himself.
Al Ali rushed to the man in his police uniform, identified himself and started to chat with him to identify his problem.
He was so close to the man that he could have jumped and pulled him away from the rope but he said he did not want to take the risk.
The Asian told the cop that he was having financial problems because his company was not paying him a full salary and was giving him only around Dh200, from time to time.
“I promised to have his problem solved. I told him that the law will take his right and I assured him that we will summon his company managers and tackle this problem,” Al Ali said, quoted by the Arabic language daily 'Al Bayan'.
“In the end, I succeeded in persuading him to get off the rope. What annoyed me most was that more than 350 people were surrounding the crane and many of them were taking photographs with their mobile phones.”
The paper quoted Dubai’s police commander Major General Khamis Al Mazinah as saying Al Ali acted bravely and saved the Asian man’s life.
“Despite his young age, he performed a heroic act and saved that man’s life. This is the ultimate goal of the police.”