Students find semi-conscious man floating under University Dr.
By Laura Katsirdakis
TRAGEDY ON WESTERN’S CAMPUS. The area around
Western’s University Dr. Bridge was the site of
an attempted suicide Monday night.
Two Western students’ quick response to a dangerous
situation may have saved the life of a student found floating,
semi-conscious in the Thames River under the University Dr.
At 9:35 p.m. on Monday two students were walking on the path
under the bridge when they spotted a backpack on the bank of
the river, said Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community
Police Service. They then noticed a person floating in the
river. When they called out to him and got no response, they
ran to Elgin Hall and sought help, Austen explained.
The London Fire Department marine unit was called in to get
the man out of the water, Austen said, adding when he was rescued,
the man was non-responsive.
“He had consumed a large amount of alcohol,” Austen
said, adding there was evidence to show the incident was an
Austen explained that the 22-year-old male student is now
undergoing treatment at University Hospital. He did not suffer
any injuries beyond hypothermia from the cold water, he said.
“The positive thing is that the two young people [who
discovered the man in the river] should be commended for their
very immediate actions,” Austen pointed out, adding the
London Police Department, ambulance and the fire department
were all called to the scene.
The LPD responded to the emergency call as well, confirmed
spokesperson Const. Paul Martin. He also confirmed that the
incident was being considered an attempted suicide.
“On arrival [police] found clothing and belongings near
the river close to Delaware [Hall],” Martin said.
The man is in hospital and psychiatric treatment has been
requested for him, Martin explained.
The London Fire Department could not be reached for comment.
The Student Emergency Response Team declined to comment on