Woman dangling from California balcony rescued by stuntmen


by CNN


Posted on July 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

SAN DIEGO -- Three stuntmen are being hailed heroes after rescuing a distraught woman dangling from a 14th floor balcony.

A cell phone video captured the heart stopping scene and frantic shouts from the street.

"We looked up, about 14 stories up and this girl was on the outside of the rail preparing to go," stuntman Gregg Sergeant said.

Police told local TV station KGTV the woman was intoxicated and depressed over the ending of a relationship.

Sergeant and his crew bolted into action.

First they had to scale a fence, and then they found a building security guard.

He let them in and they raced to the 14th floor.

"Burst into the room and she was on the patio, she'd even closed the door so we couldn't get to her," Sergeant said.

But that wasn't about to stop these guys.

Sergeant grabbed her in a bear hug, while his comrades Scott Schecter and Amos Carver rushed in behind to help.

Fortunately Carver was already wearing scaffolding rigging.

"It was just real easy to grab something off and throw it around her and yank her entirely back in," he said.

The sounds of panic on the street then turned to sounds of joy.

"It's natural for us…it's a little different for us…it's instinctive with our training to just respond and do what we did," Schecter said. "We're just glad that everybody's OK."