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Stuntmen save suicidal woman at Comic-Con [VIDEO]

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   July 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM   |   Comments

July 22 (UPI) -- A crew of movie stuntmen from a company called Stunts 911 became real life heroes on the first day of Comic-Con in San Diego.

The crew was setting up a promotion for "Kick-Ass 2" when they heard a commotion, and saw that a woman had climbed over her 14th-floor balcony rail in the apartment building across the street.

Gregg Sergeant and his crew ran to the building, and quickly scaled a fence as bystanders shouted "Don't do it!" and "Don't jump!" while waiting for authorities.

The stuntmen located a security guard who let them into the apartment. The woman, facing outward from her balcony, did not hear the men approach.

"She was hanging on with one hand, and had one foot off the ledge," stuntman Amos Carver told KERO. "She was ready to go," Sergeant said.

Sergeant quickly wrapped her in a bear hug while Carver and Scott Schecter rushed from behind. Carver was already wearing scaffolding rigging, which aided the rescue. "It was just real easy to grab something off and throw it around her and yank her entirely back in," Carver said.

"I hooked my arms underneath her leg and we pulled her back in and carried her into the room and laid her on the couch," said Schecter.

"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."

Police arrived just after the rescue, and said the woman was distraught over a recent breakup, and had been drinking.

"I was just so thankful we got there when we got there. I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone," Sergeant said.

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