San Diego's Comic-Con is full of regular folk in superhero costumes. But on Thursday a real life set of heroes didn't need to dress up to help a suicidal woman off of an apartment complex's balcony near the convention, according to reports.
Stuntmen Amos Carver, Gregg Sergeant and Scot Schecter, who work for Stunts 911, were setting up a scaffolding for a movie premiere party to promote "Kick-Ass 2" near the building when the woman — reportedly upset over a breakup — stepped onto the 14th floor balcony and began climbing over the railing. Carver later told press, "She was hanging on (the balcony) with one hand, and had one foot off the ledge."
Down below, a small crowd had formed and began filming, some perhaps thinking this was all part of the stunt. 10News San Diego noted that members of the crowd screamed "don't jump" and "somebody get in there and help her."
The stuntmen dropped what they were doing, scaled a fence and got permission to enter the building from the building's manager. The woman's apartment was unlocked, and they were able to get in behind her without being heard. Sargent caught her in a "hug" with both arms, and Carer and Scott put a harness on her to keep her in place.
"She was ready to go," Sargent said later.
"She just kept saying, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry,' over and over again," Carver said. "She was very distraught."
Police arrived soon after that.
"I was just so thankful we got there when we got there," said Sargeant. "I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone," said Sargent.
First published July 22 2013, 7:48 AM