Falling boy saved by clothes racks

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 May, 2009, 12:00am

Clothes drying racks probably saved the life of a nine-year-old boy who fell three floors from his home in Tseung Kwan O yesterday.

The boy, surnamed Zhao, was found lying on the first-floor podium of Beverly Garden shortly before 7.30am after his 35-year-old father heard a loud noise. Ambulance staff rushed the boy, who was conscious with head and leg injuries, to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was in a serious condition last night.

Police said the boy fell from the bathroom of his home while his parents were asleep. Officers said they believed it was an accident but were investigating how the boy had climbed out of the window.

They believed that washing lines on the external walls of the buildings and underneath the windows of the toilets had saved the boy's life by slowing down the speed of his fall. Some of the racks beneath the boy's flat were damaged. The boy's parents said he was studying in primary three in a school nearby after migrating from the mainland recently. They thought he might be hyperactive.