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Man rescued after threatening for third time to jump from bridge in central China

A man was rescued by police and fireman after he climbed 30 metres onto the cable of a bridge in central China to try to kill himself, according to a newspaper report.

It was the third time the man has tried to take his own life by scaling the bridge and had to be helped down, the Wuhan Evening News reported.

The emergency services operation to save the man caused a three-hour long traffic jam, the report said.

Police were alerted on Saturday afternoon that the man, whose full name was not given, had scaled the bridge in Wuhan in Hubei province.

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The man in his 60s was found shivering in the cold wearing a military coat and his underpants.

It took about an hour for the man to finally get on a hydraulic platform hoisted close to him so he could climb to safety.

The man was trying to kill himself over a labour dispute, the report said, without giving details.

He made previous attempts on his life on the bridge in 2012 and 2013.

Police released a statement on social media saying the man had been placed in detention for 10 days for disrupting social order.

He was also given detention for five days in 2013 after the second attempt to take his own life.