posted on May, 25 2009 @ 06:53 AM
He offered to talk Chen down but police refused to let him through a cordon. Determined, Lian pushed through anyway and climbed up to where Chen was
He greeted the distraught man with a handshake - then gave him a mighty shove.
Chen tumbled 26feet from the bridge to a partially-inflated emergency air cushion that police had - fortunately - had time to place on the ground
below during the five preceding hours.
He survived with elbow and spine injuries and is now recovering in hospital, Chinese news agency Xinhua said.
Lian, a broad grin on his face, saluted the dumbfounded crowd as he watched Chen fall.
'I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest,' Lian told Xinhua.
'They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals.'
Chen wanted to kill himself because he had 2 million yuan ($294,000) in debt after a failed construction project, Xinhua reported.
Police took Lian away - but did not say whether he would be charged with any offence.
The bridge has gained a macabre reputation with 11 jumpers having thrown themselves off it in the just the last two months.
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