A RESCUER pulled a suicidal man from a Huddersfield canal.
Ross Lowther was on his way to work when he spotted the middle-aged Asian man lying next to Huddersfield Broad Canal with his feet dangling in the water.
Kind-hearted Ross, 28, went to see if the man was OK at 7.15am yesterday – but the man would only say he wanted to die.
Father-of-two Ross tried to keep him talking and shouted over to staff at the nearby bus depot off Old Fieldhouse Lane for help.
When he turned back, the man had gone into the canal and was up to his neck in the middle of the water.
Ross said: “He was struggling, but I kept talking to him.
“I’d have jumped in if he had gone under, but he came back to the side and I managed to grab hold of him under his arms and haul him out.’’
Staff at the depot had alerted police to the drama and officers quickly arrived.
Ross, who lives in Deighton and works at Cummins Turbo Technologies at St Andrew’s Road, said: “They said I’d done a good job.
“At that time in the morning quite a few people use the towpath and a few will have walked past the man and ignored him.
“The man had no coat. He was wearing just a shirt, trousers and shoes and was clearly very depressed.’’
The man was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to be checked by medical staff.