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Near-Suicide Attempt at Palisades Park Prevented By SMFD

A Rope Rescue System Was Set Up for Firefighters and Crisis Negotiators

By Zach Armstrong

At approximately 09:30 Wednesday morning, Santa Monica Fire Department was dispatched to the 900 block of Palisades Park to assist Santa Monica Police with an adult male along the edge of the bluff threatening to jump, according to Fire Captain Patrick Nulty. 

A rope rescue system was set up for firefighters and crisis negotiators working near the edge who were communicating with the man. Paramedics stood by. After four hours, officers and Firefighters got close enough to successfully pull the man from the edge. 

After a mental health evaluation was performed by a Department of Mental Health clinician, the man was transported to Exodus Recovery for further evaluation.

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