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Iain Lee saves life of suicidal listener


Iain Lee has helped save the life of a suicidal man who contacted his radio show - the second time he has intervened in such a way.

The 46-year-old talkRADIO presenter was contacted by the listener just after they had overdosed and Iain kept them talking on his late night show, while he sent an ambulance to their home.

Iain told the tearful caller that he would "not allow him to die" and was insistent that he revealed his home address that the emergency services could get to him.

The former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! finalist kept the middle-aged man talking for 20 minutes, until help arrived.

He then called him again after the show had finished to ensure that the listener was safe.

This is the second time that Iain's The Late Night Alternative show has saved the life of a suicidal man.

In 2018, Iain intervened after a PTSD sufferer called his phone-in to say that he had taken an overdose and was currently lying in the street.

That time, Iain kept the man talking while his producer called emergency services, sending an ambulance to the caller, who has since made a full recovery.

The latest incident happened on Tuesday night, with the caller saying that he had taken a mix of painkillers and alcohol.

Iain was moved into acting after hearing the caller slur his words, telling Iain that he was the only one he felt he could talk to.

The radio host repeatedly asked for the man to give his producer his address so that they could call an ambulance to come and help him.

Iain said to the caller: "I have to as a human being, I can't let you die to night. We have got ourselves into a little pickle, but a pickle that can be sorted."

The caller said that he was 48 years old and had been rowing with his wife. He was initially reluctant to reveal where he was but Iain managed to extract these details so that the emergency services could be called.

Iain continued: "There is a strong chance you could die tonight. We have to stop you dying. I will not allow you to die. No one has died on my show yet, it is not happening now."

Iain managed to get the information from the caller while they were in an advert break and when he came back on air, he informed listeners: "You have done a really good thing. The world will not be a better place if you are dead.

"I do not want you to die, and your missus doesn't want you to die."

The first incident 18 months ago was honoured at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards last week, when Iain and his producer Katherine Boyle won the Radio Times Moment of the Year award.