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Meet the Unsung Heroes of South Korea's Specialized Suicide Rescue Team

A look at one of the most difficult jobs within a country recognized as holder of the highest suicide rate amongst developed nations.

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Meet the Unsung Heroes of South Korea's Specialized Suicide Rescue Team

A look at one of the most difficult jobs within a country recognized as holder of the highest suicide rate amongst developed nations.

In a recent episode of Suicide Watch on VICE, the narrative follows Hyung-Geun Suh, Captain of the Yeoudio Water Rescue Unit. With South Korea holding the highest suicide rate amongst developed nations, Hyung-Geun Suh and his unit are responsible for rescuing people who attempt suicide by jumping into the Han River. On darker days, the unit has to recover a body instead. Describing their job as a bittersweet one, watch the video above to see Hyung-Geun Suh and his unit at work, reaching out to many as a last attempt to convince them that their lives are far more precious than they realize.

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