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Life on the Edge - The true story of the hero who saved the lives of twenty-nine people at Beachy Head
 
 

Life on the Edge - The true story of the hero who saved the lives of twenty-nine people at Beachy Head [Kindle Edition]

Keith Lane
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In 2004 Maggie Lane fell to her death from the cliffs at Beachy Head. While trying to come to terms with this tragic event, her husband, Keith, sought solace by going back to the spot from which she had jumped. It was whilst visiting the cliff top that he saw a woman about to throw herself over the edge – Keith took the time to persuade her not to do it. From this moment onwards Keith made it his mission to patrol the area in the hope of saving lives. In four years Keith has saved 29 people from committing suicide at Beachy Head – even climbing down 15ft over the edge to rescue a woman who had slipped having changed her mind about taking her life. Dedicated and determined, Keith tells of his own personal despair and how, in his darkest hour, he wanted to end it all, but found a sense of purpose in helping those in desperate need. Keith also divulges why after much reluctance he has been forced to give up his vigil.

About the Author

Following his wife Maggie's death at Beachy Head, Keith Lane patrolled the infamous clifftops for over three years, persuading people not to take their own lives. He was awarded a Royal Humane Society award in September 2004 for his bravery after he prevented a woman jumping. Since Maggie's death he has remarried and he lives with his wife, Val, in Eastbourne. Keith has two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844549313
  • Publisher: John Blake; Reprint edition (5 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KSK0LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having lost a dear friend who actually succeeded in commiting suicide as this very spot, I heartily advocate and admire the work that this man did and the many lives that he actually saved. Not always appreciated by the 'authorised' patrol at Beachy Head he nevertheless was an extremely valuable member of society who gave up a great deal of his time to saving lives. A worthy read, a wonderful man who deserves the heartfelt thanks of the many relatives of those whose lives he saved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a face to face talk 28 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was so well written, I felt like I was talking to Keith himself.
He is a remarkable man who despite his own personal loss reached out to other;s in despair.

All the best to keith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet read 22 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Growing up in Eastbourne I was always very aware of Beachy Heads suicide reputation. I would often hear stories of someone who got too close and slipped, was not aware the edge was there and fell, of dogs running over in error and of course the many suicidal people. Beachy Head on a clear sunny day can be an amazing and wonderous place, but the flip side is, in certain other conditions can be bleak, dank and even sinister.
Keith's story is one of strength, great courage and some might say madness ( in the danger he would put himself in in order to save a life ) but all in all, it was done with the best possible intentions.
The problems he encountered over health and safety and with various people and authorities were disgusting. At the end of the day, he was just an ordinary guy trying to make a difference but coming under increasing fire from certain people. It should not matter who saves a life, as long as a life gets saved!
He takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster of a ride of his good days, but also through the depths of his many dark hours. His way of dealing with grief was to do something positive, but in doing so almost drove him to the same plight of those he tried to save.
For anyone who has lost someone through suicide or has thought about it for themselves, you should read this book to give you a greater insight into what makes people get to that stage.
You realise with the majority of the people who end up on the edge, just a wake up call of the right words can be enough to get their lives back on track.
A heartwarming insight into the humanity of Keith Lane.
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