A photographer taking pictures of air pollution from a Chinese bridge has captured the tragic moment a person chose to leap from the railings.

The Hubei Daily snapper was working on the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge when he heard somebody shout “There is a person in the river!”, China.org reported.

When the unnamed reporter looked in the direction of the commotion he happened to capture a second person jumping over the side.

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The moment a person leapt off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

Police and emergency services attended but the couple have not been found and have been officially reported as missing, although police admit they have a low chance of surviving.

Sina.com says the couple were seen wearing black and smoking before plunging over the guardrails.

A number of items left behind at the scene included an identity card for the man, a 20-year-old with the surname Liu.

The identity of the woman is unknown.

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