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Man Falls off 11-Story Balcony, Lands in Swimming Pool


(Unrelated photo via Nathan Kavumbura)

Mark Hefley of Greenwood, Indiana had the worst luck, followed immediately by the best luck.

He was helping a friend install tile in a condo in Panama City Beach, Florida. While taking a break, he leaned on a railing on the balcony. He leaned too far, though, and fell off. Hefley immediately realized the danger he was in and that he had to take action:

Frantically, he tried to grab something to catch himself. It was no use.

As his body plunged past the balcony railing on the floor below, Hefley said he reached and pushed himself as far as he could away from the building.

He knew there was a swimming pool down below. He just needed to get past the concrete and land the water.

Hefley hit the water in the 10-foot deep pool hard:

"Next thing I know I hit the water," Hefler said.

Hefler swam to the edge, pulled himself out and collapsed alongside the pool.

He said he screamed a little bit. A security guard approached and asked where he came from.

"I pointed up there," Hefley said.

Hefley not only survived the fall, but escaped with only bruises and a bloody nose. But he decided to cut his trip short anyway and go home to spend time with his 4 children. You can read more about his story at the Indianapolis Star.


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