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Man Rushes To Rescue Suicidal Person - Shocked When He Realizes Who It Is

A man was home in the early hours of Saturday morning when he heard screams outside. The man ran out of his house and followed the screams to a canal, where he spotted a man drowning. He immediately recognized the drowning man, who was in the process of committing suicide.

As fate would have it, 71-year-old Bill Anderson was not scheduled to leave this world on Saturday morning. Anderson prepared to commit suicide, and even left a 'Goodbye' message on Facebook. The man who could not swim then jumped into a freezing Inverness canal.

He was rescued by Brian McKenzie. The 50-year-old immediately recognized Anderson as his former boss. Anderson was an old foreman and friend of McKenzie's. The younger man jumped into the canal and managed to rescue the older man.

“I was listening to the radio very early on Saturday morning and I heard a noise. It was obvious someone was in trouble so I went to help them," McKenzie explains to the Daily Record. "When I got to the canal, it was well lit and I could see the person struggling in the water. I got there just in time. I threw a lifebelt to him and helped drag him to the side before holding on to his belt to stop him going under again. It was then I realized I knew him – he was an old boss of mine from when I worked concreting the roads.”

Anderson was not upset that his suicide attempt was thwarted. He followed his 'goodbye' post on Facebook with another.

"Would like to thank an old friend and ex work colleague Brian McKenzie and Police Scotland officers who put themselves at personal risk to get me out of the Canal earlier this morning," he wrote. "Stupidly I thought that taking my life would solve everything, if it wasn't for Brian hearing my shouts for help and holding onto my belt until the Police arrived it could have been a different outcome this morning. I am very much indebted to these people for effecting my rescue and survival."

McKenzie will not accept the title of 'hero' for the daring rescue. “What I did was not heroic, it was humane. It was not a great feat," he said.

He also says he understands a thing or two about depression, as he has also been battling it.

“I’ve been hit really hard in recent years. I’ve suffered a number of traumas and they had a huge impact. I locked myself in my house and refused to answer the door or phone for months on end. I only went shopping in the middle of the night to avoid bumping into people. It got so bad that I attempted to take my own life by swallowing pills,” he said. "I know exactly how Bill felt on Saturday, I’ve been there myself."

Sometimes you have to look death straight in the eye to find a new respect for life. Hopefully, these two old friends can move forward and support each other.

Source: Daily Record
Photo: Peter Jolly, Facebook

Bill took to Facebook to thank Brian.

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