Australians are mourning the death of a local hero named Don Ritchie, also known as 'The Angel Of The Gap' thanks to his reputation of saving dozens of suicides from leaping to their deaths from the sheer cliffs located near the mouth of Sydney Harbor.
This area known as 'The Gap' has long been a popular Australian suicide spot. Don had the luck of living right across it, and would often spot the troubled ones from his home across the street. Don would wander down to the cliff-edge and calmly ask, “Can I help you in some way?” He’d then chat with them a bit before invite them back to his place for a cup of tea. The Independent reports:
“My ambition has always been to just get them away from the edge, to buy them time, to give them the opportunity to reflect and give them the chance to realize that things might look better the next morning,” Ritchie once said. “You just can’t sit there and watch them. You’ve got to try and save them.”
According to the Telegraph, Don has saved 160 people over the past 50-odd years, though his family believe the number is closer to 500. He will most certainly be missed.