Iain Lee saves suicidal man by talking to him on radio show

Lee is being praised as a hero. (REX/Shutterstock)
Lee is being praised as a hero. (REX/Shutterstock)

TalkRadio host Iain Lee and 2017 I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! contestant is being praised as a hero after talking to a suicidal man on his radio show.

A man called Chris, believed to be from Plymouth, called into 45-year-old Lee’s radio show Late Night Alternative on Wednesday evening and confessed to having taken an overdose.

Chris said he was lying on the street outside a Plymouth nightclub and was dying. Lee calmly talked to Chris for 30 minutes and managed to find out where he was and what he was wearing – all while a radio producer called the emergency services for help.

Shortly after the dramatic exchange, Lee informed his followers on Twitter exactly what had unfolded.

“Tonight we took a call from a man who had taken an overdose. He was lying in a street in Plymouth, dying.

“We managed to keep him online, get a description of what he looked like and was wearing, work out where he was and send an ambulance and police to him. Kept him on the phone for 30 minutes while he got harder to understand.

“Long periods of silence where I thought he’d died. F**k, that was intense and upsetting. Thanks for your kind words. I really hope he makes it,” Lee said.

Lee has also retweeted several tweets praising his efforts, as well as tweets from Inspector Kev Morley who assured Lee’s listeners that police his team had successfully dealt with the incident.

“My officers that attended and are now dealing with the caller. This is a very typical call for us sadly and December is a hard month for many. We will do our best to direct him to long term support,” Morley wrote.

Lee went on to thank the inspector, who thanked his efforts in turn. Morley wrote: ‘Thanks to you for the part you played. We all have a role to play in supporting those that are struggling.’

If you are struggling with any of the above described issues, we encourage you to call the Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.

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