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Posted on 06/06/2010 12:12:48 PM PDT by Steelfish
Boy Survives Falling Off Balcony After Bouncing Off Palm Trees A four-year-old boy had a lucky escape after falling from a 17th floor hotel balcony only to bounce off palm trees and land with minor injuries.
By Paul Thompson 06 Jun 2010
Rescuers found Joey Williams still alive after he bounced off a cluster of palm trees and landed on a dirt surface near the hotel's swimming pool. Apart from surviving the 80ft fall he somehow managed to land between two pipes jutting up from the ground.
Less than four hours after the fall at his hotel in Miami, Florida, he was sitting up in bed eating chips and drinking. Lt Ignatius Carroll, a spokesman for Miami Fire Rescue, said it was "amazing" the boy was still alive. "I've seen people die after falling 30 feet, but this boy fell up to 80ft," he said. "He looked to be in pretty good shape. He wasn't all banged up like we expected." Joey was with his parents and grandparents at the Doubletree hotel in Miami when the incident occurred on Saturday. His grandfather Jerry Unawich said the youngster had been chasing a balloon in the hotel room. When the balloon drifted out on the balcony his grandson chased after it and is believed to have climbed over the railing surrounding the balcony.
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And his parents were doing what while this was occurring?
I guess Rambo knew what he was doing.
Now that’s one lucky bounce.
How is it the 17th floor is only 80ft up?
I saw this on TV. They said it was 7 stories. Journalists are pretty challenged these days.
Depends on your definition of the height of a story.
A *story* is usually about 10 or 11 ft.
That would be more than an 80 ft. fall
I’m think 7 stories.
Now, now. There's no reason to let some simple math get in the way of a journalist's "great story".
They went to journalism school for a reason - the SAT's measure one's mathematical acumen; There's no math requirement in journalism.
...or the impact of a story...
His Guardian Angel was working overtime...
From what I gather, the Grandparents were watching him. They made a stupid mistake. All of us do.
They were blessed that the kid landed right.
“His Guardian Angel was working overtime...”
And gained a few extra white hairs with this one!
There are several Doubletrees in Miami ,, one is just off 17th Ave...
Grandpa was watching him.
And that’s exactly why I’ve never left my boys when they were little alone with my dad and father in law. Nothing against them and not sexist. My father in law is a bit nieve when it comes to kids and my dad just doesn’t pay attention!
17 stories makes for a more amazing survival story. Shoot, let’s bump it up to 50 stories, and read how floated down on his balloon. /s