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Husband Jumps Into Sea To Rescue Wife Who Fell Over The Penang Bridge

The incident was witnessed by the couple's nine-year-old son, who stopped passing motorists for help.

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A husband jumped over the Penang Bridge and into the sea to save his wife who fell over during an incident yesterday afternoon, 16 April

According to reports, the 45-year-old woman was believed to have fallen into the sea when her husband stopped his motorcycle by the side of the bridge and jumped into the sea to save her.

Their son, meanwhile, stopped passing motorists for help

The couple's nine-year-old son asked the motorists to call the authorities for assistance.

A spokesperson from the Penang Fire and Rescue Department said that they received an emergency call at 4.40pm and quickly dispatched a team from the Perai Fire and Rescue Station.

"Upon arrival, we found that she had been rescued by her husband and taken to one of the bridge's pillars," the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Bernama.

It was reported that woman is suffering from depression

Her husband told the authorities that she has been suffering from depression for the past few years.

According to the local authorities, they are still probing the matter further.

Prior to the incident, the woman had arrived on the bridge in a Proton Saga Aeroback, according to an eyewitness, reported New Straits Times.

Soon after she fell over the Penang Bridge, her husband and son arrived there on the motorcycle.

"He (the husband) also jumped off the Penang Bridge to rescue his wife. Both were subsequently brought to shore by marine police," Central Seberang Perai district police chief ACP Shafee Abd Samad said.

The case is being investigated under Section 309 of the Penal Code

Section 309 covers attempted suicide. It carries a one year imprisonment or fine or both.

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