Raiders Fan Saves Stadium Jumper— With Own Body

Both are badly injured in the process
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:07 AM CST
Law enforcement officials walk in the upper deck of the Coliseum after an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – When a woman jumped from the third floor of the Oakland Coliseum to the second-floor concourse, a man was there to break her fall; both ended up hospitalized, but police say the man saved the woman's life. After spotting the woman about to jump following yesterday's Raiders game, the man and a friend had tried to talk her down, the LA Times reports. She jumped anyway, and ultimately, the man broke her 50-foot fall using his own body.

"Without him doing that, there's no question what would have happened," a police rep said. "This guy 100% saved her life." The man is a 61-year-old former Marine, the Oakland Tribune reports. As of last night, the critically-injured woman was in intensive care, the Times notes. Though hospitalized, the man was talking and officials expect him to survive, the Tribune notes. (Read more Oakland stories.)

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