Man survives leap from Rainbow Bridge

A man survived after jumping 50 meters into Tokyo Bay from the Rainbow Bridge on May 21 after authorities were unable to talk him out of trying to commit suicide, police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, had removed his shoes and carefully placed them together before he jumped, a common ritual among people about to commit suicide, police said. At around 10:30 a.m., a guard discovered the man in an off-limits area of the bridge and suspected he was about to leap.

Police aboard a patrol boat were called in and attempted to persuade the man not to jump. They were unsuccessful and the man leapt from the platform at about 11 a.m.

The police patrol boat retrieved the man from the bay and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Except for bleeding from his mouth, police reported no external injuries. Police said the man had climbed over a 2-meter barrier to enter a restricted area of the bridge from where he jumped.