Thomas Stilwell from the UK fell 13 floors in New Zealand and survived. Reportedly he has suffered internal injuries and broken bones but friends are optimistic that he will recover.
The accident happened Sunday at the Volt Apartment building in downtown Auckland and Monday Thomas is recovering in hospital. He arrived back at his 14th floor apartment only to realise that he was locked out. Feint heart never won anything so Mr Stilwell, 20, decided to ask his upstairs neighbour if she could help.
Using the balcony of the apartment above Stilwell played super-hero as he swung from one balcony to the one below but unfortunately he slipped. Whoops.
Whoops indeed as Thomas fell the euqivalent of 13 floors to a roof below; the roof of a two-storey building. 13 floors is a huge distance to fall and he is lucky to be alive. Geraldine Bautista, the neighbour, confirmed that Thomas had been drinking but was not threatening. We wonder how much alcohol he had consumed though? Certainly many a drunk has only suffered minor injuries whilst under the influence but falling 13 floors is extreme.
Mr Stilwell is on a working trip to New Zeland but he will be out of action for some time. Sunday he was in a critical condition but already Monday he is said to be "satisfactory". Not very descriptive but a huge improvement from critical.
The Huffington Post reports that Geraldine did not think that Thomas would carry out the stunt after he had asked `Can you please let me jump off from the balcony? I will not bother you, just let me use your balcony'. Would you have been so obliging?
She said that she thought [ok let him in and he will soon realise that it is an impossible jump to make]. Instead he quickly walked through her apartment onto the balcony and proceeded to jump. She tried to grab his hand but he was gone, quick as a flash.
One doctor said that although it is rare to survive such a fall it is not unique. He added that no doubt the roof below broke his fall and saved his life.
Comment: I don't know, but what is it about Brits abroad?