Raiders Fan Saves Stadium Jumper— With Own Body

Both are badly injured in the process

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:07 AM CST

(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.

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)
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