An elderly woman in Harbin, Heilongjiang province was rescued by firefighters after she slipped and fell from her third floor apartment window and was left dangling below it for 20 minutes.
The 82-year-old woman was hanging her clothes to dry outside the window when she stumbled and fell over the edge, CCTV reports. Her foot got caught on the window ledge, leaving her body dangling in mid-air.
The woman’s neighbor and the hero of the story, Zhang Long, climbed onto the security bars of the second floor window and grabbed onto the lady to keep her from falling. Other neighbors attempted to help in the rescue effort by laying thick quilts on the ground (seemingly a common strategy in such situations).
Firefighters reached the scene and managed to pull the ol’ lady up after tying a rope around her stomach.
After the woman was rescued, Zhang climbed back inside and left the scene like it was no big deal. He later told reporters that he was “just helping someone in need” and that it was “nothing special”.