Stuntment who were in San Diego for Comic-Con sprang into action last week to pull off a rescue of a woman they spotted dangling from the balcony of her 14th-floor apartment, ABC News reports. The woman was reportedly suicidal.
"Amos Carver, a stuntman and rigger from Tuscon, Ariz., told ABCNews.com that he was setting up for a live stunt event for a private party at the convention with other stuntmen when they heard screams from across the road where they were working Thursday afternoon," the story reports.
Said Carver: "The [stunt] coordinator and I were up on a scissor lift, we were a good 30 to 40 feet in the area already working when we turned around and looked. There was just a lot of commotion — people were screaming and pointing."
"Carver said he saw a woman hanging off the balcony railing of the 14th floor of an apartment building. He immediately brought the lift down to the ground so he and two other stuntmen, Gregg Sergeant and Scot Schecter, could grab additional gear, and race across three lanes of traffic to get to the apartment building to attempt to bring her to safety," the story reports.
The piece adds: "The three men had to scale a fence before running through the building’s lobby to rescue the woman, he said. With clearance from the apartment building’s manager, the stuntmen raced up to the woman’s apartment, where they found the door unlocked."
Carver added: "We went through the apartment trying to be as quiet as possible. We didn’t want to alert her that we were there."
"Carver said when they found the woman outside, ‘she was hanging on [the balcony] with one hand, and had one foot off the ledge,’" ABC News reports. "Without thinking, Sergeant lunged and grabbed the woman from behind in a bear hug while he and Schecter rushed in."
Carver was able to place a harness on the woman, to ensure that, in his words, "even if she did slip, she couldn’t go anywhere without us." The three men then brought her back into her apartment.
Said Carver, who noted that the woman was intoxicated: "She just kept saying, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,’ over and over again. She was very distraught."
The report adds: "Police told ABC San Diego affiliate KGTV the woman, whose identity has yet to be released, had been drinking and was upset over a breakup."