Man with problems climbs tree, rescued-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
A MAN, allegedly suffering from a mental illness, was rescued by the police and the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) 7 after he climbed an acacia tree on Tres de Abril, Cebu City.
Ariel Mansalay, 34, of Katugasan, Barangay Perelos, Cebu City climbed an acacia tree at 11:30 a.m. yesterday and refused to go down.
He was rescued by the police two hours later.
Punta Police Chief Chuck Barandog was able to convince him to go down on a BFP 7 crane.
Barandog said the man had no intentions of committing suicide and was just stressed out from a personal problem.
Barandog said they received the report at 11:30 a.m. about a man who was allegedly trying to hang himself in a tree at the back of a church a few meters from the police station on Tres de Abril.
Mansalay allegedly climbed the tree when he saw the policemen.
Stilbert Legoro of the BFP 7 said that when they arrived, they tried to talk to Mansalay.
“He told us that he had a problem with his wife,” said Legoro.
Legoro said Mansalay looked distressed and not quite himself during the incident.
Barandog, with the help of Legoro, tried to talk to Mansalay.
Barandog was able to reach Mansalay using a crane.
The Punta police chief said he talked with Mansalay and assured to help him just to convince him to go down.
“We assessed the situation and it seemed that he (Mansalay) had no intention of committing suicide since he even held on to the tree tightly as he was afraid that he might fall,” said Barandog.
“It was a difficult incident because we are in the situation na dili dapat masipyat because it could kill him (Mansalay) (we shouldn’t fail),” added Barandog, who revealed that it is his second time dealing with a similar incident.
Mansalay was then convinced to come down at 2 p.m. and was brought to a hospital.
Insp. Paul Patrick Laude, Chief of the Search and Rescue Unit (SRU), who was able to talk to Mansalay after the incident, said Mansalay told him he had no plans to jump off the tree.
“Gutom kuno kaayo siya ug dako iyang problema sa ilaha (He was very hungry and he had a big problem at home),” said Laude.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 02, 2013.