Police officers weren’t ready to catch a boy falling from a 3-floor balcony — but one officer’s instincts took over

Three Egyptian police officers on routine duty saved a five-year-old from serious injury in an arresting catch as the boy fell from a third-floor balcony.

The officers were guarding a bank in the southern Egyptian province of Assiut last Saturday (February 17) when a woman passer-by alerted them to the child’s predicament as he hung off the balcony.

As the policemen tried to fashion a makeshift safety net out of a rolled-up carpet the boy tumbled, but one officer was quick enough to allow him to catch the boy in his arms.

The child was unharmed, Egypt’s interior ministry, which published the video shot off a CCTV screen, said, adding that the policeman sustained minor bruises to his face.—

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