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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Anything's Possible In NYC

NYC girl survives 180-foot fall down chimney

NEW YORK - A 12-year-old girl is relatively unscathed after falling 180 feet down a New York City chimney.

Authorities say a 2-foot pile of soot and dust cushioned her fall, though both her legs were broken.

The girl apparently climbed into the chimney Thursday night while playing on the roof of a building in Manhattan. Rescuers found her at the chimney's base in a boiler room.

Fire Lt. Simon Ressner says rescuers hadn't expected to find her alive and were stunned when she reached her hand out for help.


LadyBanana said...

That is amazingly lucky for the girl!

Just image what she must have felt as she was falling!!!!!!

Chat Blanc (aka Sandy) said...

this story rates and ewwww, owwwww, and an omg! unbelievable!

Da Old Man said...

Cushioned by the layer of soot? Oy. I used to work on boilers, and I would never choose to land on soot. I wonder how she was able to breathe. That stuff is nasty and not exactly pillow soft.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Oh my word! That is awful. I can't imagine what she must have thought while travelling down that chimney!

Lauren said...

Diana Banana, Sandy, D.O.M., Babs, I am thinking that she must have been thinking, g-d damn good thing it's summer!

That girl has something she is supposed to do in this world...that's for sure.

Candid Carrie said...

Attempting to recreate a scene out of Mary Poppins, perhaps.

Lauren said...

Carrie, HA!

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

Wow, so lucky!

And I'm sure you're right about her having something special to do in this life, Lauren.

She must have had such an awful time of it, though.
I definitely would have had to change my pants after a fall like that...