Man falls 18 floors, lives to tell

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by cyks, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) -- A South African man survived an 18-floor plunge from a Cape Town hotel room and was well enough to call out to amazed rescuers, police said Thursday.

    Nicholas du Plooy broke both arms and a leg and also injured his neck late Tuesday after he toppled out of a 19th-floor window at the Cape Town Ritz Hotel late Tuesday.

    Nearby restaurant worker Gino Del Giovine told the Cape Argus newspaper he was alerted to the accident by passers-by who burst into his business yelling "Hey, we've just seen a guy flying off the top of the Ritz!"

    "I was expecting a real mess," Del Giovine told the newspaper.

    Instead, he and others rushing to the scene found du Plooy had crash-landed on the roof of the hotel's ground floor reception, his fall apparently broken by metal roofing sheets.

    He was conscious and speaking. "He said, 'I need help, my neck is in pain'," Del Giovine told the newspaper.

    After treatment at a nearby hospital, medics pronounced du Plooy "stable, talking and fine."

    Police said they believed du Plooy's plunge was accidental but would not speculate on the circumstances. "There's no foul play suspected. The guy just fell out of the window," police spokeswoman Priscilla Ndongeni said.
  2. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Wow! 18 floors, thats like ~180 ft! There's people who fall 20 ft and don't live(but they land on their neck).
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    I remember hearing about some pilot that bailed out either sans parachute or his chute failed, anyway he fell from a couple thousand feet and landed on a webbing of tree branches that broke his fall enough that he survived.

    As someone once told me "For humans, unaided flight isn't that difficult. It's the landing that's tough to get right." :p
  4. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    This reminds me of the story I read in the aftermath of 9/11...of a guy who fell umpteen stories when the WTC tower he was in (don't remember which) collapsed...he escaped with broken ankles/legs, assorted injuries. Perhaps it was because it was such a terrible event and loss of life, but I just LOVED that guy...people like this gotta have friends upstairs...
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    When the towers were burning and there were people high up jumping everyone thought that it was something stupid to try/do. When the towers fell almost noone was pulled out of the wreckage. Jumping might have been the smart thing to do.
  6. Dippo macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    How do you "accidentally" fall out of an 18th floor window?

    That's got to really really hurt!
  7. goodwill macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2004
    No kidding. I once fell outta bed and that killed.
  8. cyks thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    "Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville. Welcome to Jackass!"
  9. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That is a tragic accident. Someone was watching out for him. Probably with the shock and adrenalin he didn't feel any pain, until later.
  10. yamabushi macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2003
    I used to fall out of bed all the time when I was growing up. It was the top bunk of a bunk bed. About six feet onto a hard floor. I never even woke up. I guess you could say I am a heavy sleeper. ;)
  11. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Apparently Humans have a really high terminal velocity making it hard for us to land without dying. I have heard of cats falling out of really tall apartments and since cats have a low terminal velocity, and they spread themselves out when they fall they usually survive.
    Whoa that guy is lucky :eek:

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