Taxi driver saves young man in attempted suicide
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A Mai Linh taxi driver has been honored after he bravely jumped into the Cai River in Nha Trang City to save a young man who had jumped off a bridge in a suicide attempt.
Tran Viet Dao, (2nd, R) receives a certificates of merit from his company's director yesterday Photo: Dan Tri
At about 9 pm Thursday night, when Tran Viet Dao, a taxi driver of the Mai Linh Taxi Group, was driving his cab cross the Tran Phu Bridge he saw a crowd of people looking down to the river below, where a young man was struggling with the currents.
Finding that nobody took action to save the victim, Dao stopped his cab, got out and jumped into the river from the bridge, at a height of about 30 meters.
He managed to take the victim ashore and, with the aid of others, gave him first aid before taking him to the Khanh Hoa Province General Hospital.
The young man was later identified to be Nguyen Quoc B., 28, a resident in Nha Trang.
Witnesses said B had a quarrel with a young girl on the bridge before he jumped down to the river.
“At that time, I thought nothing other than saving the victim, as human life is priceless. I will do the same if I face a similar case in the future,” Dao said.
Vu Xuan Tu, chairman of the trade union of the Highlands & South of Central Mai Linh Group Joint Stock Company, yesterday presented Dao with a certificate of merit together with a bonus of VND1 million (US$48) to honor his good deed.