Man survives plunge from 15th floor apartment

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 1:34 AM

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A man has survived a plunge from the 15th floor of his New Zealand apartment building and is recovering well.

Police say the 20-year-old man discovered he was locked out of his 14th floor unit in the Volt Apartment building in downtown Auckland at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

He decided to try and scale down the outside of the building from an apartment directly above his. Police say he was trying to land on his balcony when he fell, landing on the roof of an adjacent building far below.

The New Zealand Herald newspaper identified the man as Tom Stilwell, a Briton in New Zealand on a working holiday. Friend Dave Thomas told the paper Stilwell had suffered neck and back fractures, a broken wrist, and suspected internal injuries.

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