Three stunt men in San Diego for Comic Con rescued a woman who was threatening to jump from the balcony of her 14th-floor apartment.
The three men, Amos Carver, Gregg Sargeant and Scot Schecter, all appear in the upcoming action sequel “Kick-Ass 2.”
Carver, a rigger and stuntman from Tuscon, told ABC he was setting up a live stunt for a private party, when he heard screams Thursday afternoon. The three men saw a crowd gathering below a woman dangling from her balcony across the street from where they were working.
They grabbed extra gear, raced across the three-lane road and hopped a fence to enter her building. With the building manager’s blessing, they rushed to the 14th floor and luckily found her apartment unlocked.
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"We went through the apartment trying to be as quiet as possible," Carver said. "We didn't want to alert her that we were there."
He explained "she was hanging on [the balcony] with one hand, and had one foot off the ledge."
"She was hanging by her two arms and I grabbed her," Sargeant said. "My two guys came in and roped her up. She was crying, upset, pretty out of it."
Carver said he threw a harness over the woman’s back in case she slipped, "even if she did slip, she couldn't go anywhere without us."
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They pulled the unidentified woman inside and the police arrived shortly thereafter.
"She just kept saying, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry,' over and over again," Carver said. "She was very distraught."
He said the woman had been drinking heavily.
"I was just so thankful we got there when we got there," Sergeant told KGTV. "I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone."
"We're trained to deal with these situations should they arise," Carver said. "But usually if we do, it's not an innocent civilian. If we're saving somebody, it's a situation we constructed in such a way that they're out on the edge of life or death intentionally to get a certain shot [in a film], and we swoop in. But those are people that are expecting this."