Monday 18 December 2017

Video: Dramatic rescue of girl saved by passer-by after plummeting from third floor

A VIDEO has captured the dramatic moment a seven-year-old girl was caught in the arms of a neighbour after plummeting from a third floor apartment block in Brooklyn, New York.

Keyla McCree crawled out of her bedroom window and was dancing atop an air-conditioning unit when she lost her footing and plunged towards the concrete below.

She was saved by a neighbour who had looked up when he heard the girl, who suffers from autism, singing above.

Steve St Bernard, 52, a bus driver and fellow resident at Coney Island Houses building, in Brooklyn, USA, caught the girl in his outstretched arms

"I just prayed that I'd catch her," Mr St Bernard told the New York Daily News. "I was right underneath her."

In the minute long video, Mr St Bernard is seen positioning himself beneath the window, trying to find the right spot in case she fell.

"I went over there to make sure if she fell I could catch her," he said. 'I'm not a hero – anybody would have done it. I did it out of normal instincts."

When she did fall he caught her cleanly in his arms.

The girl walked away unscathed but her rescuer was treated for a torn tendon in his left bicep.

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