JOHOR BARU, Feb 4, 2016:

Firemen saved a male foreign migrant worker when they prevented him from jumping off a tall jackfruit tree along Jalan Tani in Larkin here today.

The victim, identified as a Nepal national who is in his 20s, was believed to have attempted suicide after scaling the 7.62 metre tall tree at about 1pm.

Firemen from the Johor Baru fire station were alerted about the incident after they received a distress call from the public.

A Johor Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said a total of 14 personnel were deployed to the location after receiving a distress call at 1.10pm.

“The team from the Johor Baru fire station arrived at the location and found the victim atop the tall tree.

“Firemen then immediately set up an air cushion below the tree before attempting to reach the victim,” said the spokesperson today.

It was learnt that the victim was believed to be of unsound mind as the rescue team attempted to communicate and reach him.

The spokesperson said the firemen had to tie the top of the tree with rope and pull it towards the air cushion.

“Firemen then directed a stream of water to the victim that forced him to jump and safely landed on the air cushion before he was apprehended and handed over to the authorities.

“The entire operation ended at 2.20pm.”

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