July 22, 2013 9:23am PT by Hilary Lewis
Comic-Con: Stuntmen Save Woman Dangling From Balcony (Video)
Movie stuntmen turned into real heroes at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, saving a woman dangling from a 14th-floor balcony.
The men were setting up a live event for a convention party when they heard screams from across the street on Thursday, the first day of this year's gathering, ABC News reported.
Stuntman Amos Carver then saw a woman hanging off the balcony railing of the 14th floor of a high-rise apartment building. He immediately brought the lift he was working on down to the ground so he and two other stuntmen could grab additional gear.
The three men then raced across three lanes of traffic, scaled a fence, ran through the building's lobby and bolted up to the woman's apartment, where the door was unlocked.
"We went through the apartment trying to be as quiet as possible," Carver told ABC News. "We didn't want to alert her that we were there."
When they found the woman, "she was hanging on [the balcony] with one hand, and had one foot off the ledge," Carver explained.
One of the other stuntmen, Gregg Sergeant, lunged and grabbed the woman from behind in a bear hug while Carver and a third stuntman, Scot Schecter, rushed into the building.
Carver threw a harness around the woman and tied her back. The three men then brought her down from the ledge and back inside her apartment. Police arrived shortly thereafter.
"She just kept saying, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry,' over and over again," Carver explained. "She was very distraught."
Carver said the woman was "very intoxicated."
The woman had been drinking and was upset over a breakup, police told San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.
"We're trained to deal with these situations should they arise," Carver said. "But usually if we do, it's not an innocent civilian. If we're saving somebody, it's a situation we constructed in such a way that they're out on the edge of life or death intentionally to get a certain shot [in a film], and we swoop in. But those are people who are expecting this."
Sergeant told KGTV, "I was just so thankful we got there when we got there. I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone."
Watch YouTube video of the dramatic rescue below.