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England cricketers save a man from suicide attempt

They suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ashes, but yesterday England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were heralded as heroes when they saved a suicidal British man from jumping off a bridge near their hotel in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported.

England's Stuart Broad and Matt Prior helped save a suicidal man in Sydney, Australia. Credit: PA

Prior told the paper that he and the team’s security officer, Terry Minish, pulled the man away from the edge of Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour and along with pace bowler Broad, spent an hour talking to him before police arrived.

“We just did what anybody would do in that situation,” Prior said.

“We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I look back and I’m just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him.”

The man, who The Times reported is from Cheltenham, had thrown his telephone, passport and wallet into the water and apparently did not recognise the cricketers.

Following the incident Broad tweeted that he was "proud" of Prior's actions.

"@MattPrior13 is a best friend of mine and I'm very proud of him. It was a tough situation but so glad he was there."

If you are in distress and in need of some support, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90 or click here for their website.

For those in the Republic of Ireland, the number is: 1850 60 90 90.