Tags: drunk | man | survives | fall

Drunk Man Survives Fall From 13th-Story Balcony in New Zealand

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 10:17 AM

By Clyde Hughes

A 20-year-old British man found out Sunday that drinking and climbing is as dangerous as drinking and driving, after he narrowly survived a 13-story fall off an apartment balcony in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald reported that doctors admitted Tom Stilwell to the intensive care unit at Auckland City Hospital after the fall. Fortunately, they upgraded him to "satisfactory" condition the following day, expecting him to make a full recovery.

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

The New Zealand Herald reported that Stilwell, who works at Auckland Transport, was out with friends when he returned to his apartment complex. For an unexplained reason, he awoke neighbor Geraldine Bautista, who lived in the apartment above his on the 15th floor and asked if he could use her balcony to lower himself into his apartment, the newspaper reported.

"I never thought he would really do that," Bautista told the Herald, describing Stilwell as "a little tipsy." "In my mind I thought 'Okay, I'll just let you see that it's really impossible (to gain access to his apartment).' I didn't think he'd jump, because it's really scary."

But when Stilwell made a beeline to her balcony and placed his legs across the railing, Bautista realized he was serious.

"I asked him 'Are you all right? It's unsafe to jump over the rail,'" Bautista recalled telling Stilwell.

That is when she said Stilwell fell of the balcony's railing, dropping 13 stories before smashing into the roof of an adjacent building, the newspaper reported.

Medical director Dr. Tony Smith told The Herald that surviving a fall like that was "extraordinary." Smith said Stilwell was likely saved by landing on the roof of a building instead of the ground.

"We've seen patients in Auckland who have had their falls broken by awnings over windows, umbrellas, those sorts of things," Smith told The Herald. "From that sort of height you can have injuries to everything and anything. Survival from falls of that height are extraordinarily unusual."

The fall fractured Stilwell's neck, back, and wrist, his roommate Dave Thomas told the Daily Mail, who said his friend had a "fair bit to drink" before the fall.

"He can't remember anything about the fall,' Thomas told The Daily Mail. "He's a very lucky man."

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

New Zealand 'Sea Monster' Found on Beach is Killer Whale

Man Dies From Drinking Too Much Coca-Cola, British Coroner

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved