Man catches baby falling from building

By Updated at 2014-05-23 16:46:02 +0000

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A dramatic video shows the moment a man caught a one-year-old baby who fell from a second-storey window in a southern Chinese city.

The baby, apparently looking for his mother during a heavy thunderstorm, climbed out on to the ledge, said a vendor who lives in the opposite building in Xiaolan town, Zhongshan city of Guangdong province.

In surveillance video footage a street vendor named by local and Chinese state media as Mr Li hurries across the road and holds out his arms. Other residents pile up pieces of cardboard and a sofa on the ground in the hope of breaking the infant's fall.

The boy eventually topples off the ledge and is safely caught by Li, then bundled up and hurried away by his distraught mother.

"I didn't think too much at the time. I was just afraid of failing to catch him. Some people put down cardboard to avoid serious injuries to the baby if I fail to catch him," said Li.

"It was nothing but human instinct to do so," he added.