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  • 8 January 2014, 13:50

England's Matt Prior Rescues Suicide Bid Man

Cricketer Stuart Broad has said he is proud of friend and England colleague Matt Prior after he pulled a suicidal man to safety from a bridge near their hotel in Sydney.

Prior reportedly pulled the man away from the edge of the bridge inDarling Harbour, before both players spoke to the him for nearly an hour ahead of police officers' arrival.

Broad tweeted: "@MattPrior is a best friend of mine and I'm very proud of him.

"It was a tough situation but so glad he was there."

The pair's actions earned praise from Twitter followers, including comedian Al Murray, who hailed them as "courageous".

"Nicely done chaps," the Pub Landlord performer wrote.

England and Sussex cricketer Luke Wright tweeted: "Top work lads! Great effort!"

Prior told the Daily Telegraph: "We just did what anybody would do in that situation.

"We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I look back and I'm just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him."

Prior and Broad had been returning from a charity event with England fans organised to raise money for motor neurone charity the Broad Appeal, when they spotted the man, believed to be British, standing on the bridge railings.

Team security officer Terry Minish helped Prior in stopping the man jumping.

Mr Minish told the Telegraph: "He was saying he just wanted to drown. Matt helped to pull him down off the edge of the bridge and sat with him until the police arrived.

"It all happened very quickly and we acted on impulse. It is what you do in these situations."

Both players took part in England's failed attempt to win the Ashes test series against Australia, who secured their 5-0 victory by winning the final match last weekend.

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