MUMBAI: A 21-year-old Nalasopara woman who fell off her fifth floor balcony after feeling dizzy, had a miraculous escape as she managed to hold on to the grille of the flat below on Saturday.
The occupants of the fourth floor flat, along with her family and other building residents held on to her for about 30 minutes till she was rescued by firemen.
It was around 4:30pm when Raziya Khan was standing in the balcony of her Reliable Heights, Nalasopara (west) flat. She felt dizzy and fell off the balcony that does not have grills. However, as the flat below had an entirely grilled balcony, and she managed to hold on to it and began screaming. Her screams alerted the occupants of the fourth floor flat, her family and other residents.
The occupants of the fourth floor flat managed to get a grip on her through the grille. They immediately informed Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) fire brigade around 4.52pm. Four firemen from the Sriprastha fire station reached the building. Fireman Madhukar Sonawane who was leading the team said they reached the fourth floor flat and with the help of a grinder broke the iron grille.
The eye witnesses said that the residents of the building tied her with a rope to ensure that she did not fall. some residents of the building held on to her and made a makeshift seating arrangement for her. The girl told her rescuers that she had a fear of heights. The police urged the residents to cover their balconies with grilles to avoid any accidents.