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Fire and Rescue members have rescued a woman during a suicide attempt plunging into the sea at the Penang Bridge, Georgetown. (Pic courtesy of PPBM)

GEORGE TOWN: Rescuers managed to dissuade a woman from jumping off the Penang Bridge early today.

Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Azrul Khari Abu Bakar said they received a distress call at 12.40am from members of the public about a woman standing in a suspicious manner next to the divider at KM1 of the bridge.

Upon arriving at the scene, rescue personnel and auxiliary policemen spotted a Proton Exora with the woman’s four young children inside, parked by the roadside.

They approached the woman, who is in her mid-30s, and tried to talk her out of carrying on with her plan.

They succeeded, but the woman leaped into her car and tried to speed off. However, the rescuers managed to prevent her from leaving.

“She looked stressed... possibility in a state of ‘insanity’ due to pressure when she tried to drive off in her car with her kids. But we stopped her.

“We took her and her children to the police station for further action,” Azrul added.

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