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Trick saves a life

ON THE morning of March 13, police raced to an apartment building in Žilina upon notification that a young man was about to jump from an 11th-floor window.

ON THE morning of March 13, police raced to an apartment building in Žilina upon notification that a young man was about to jump from an 11th-floor window.

The whole area was sealed off, Ingrid Jančulová from the Žilina police department informed the SITA newswire.

Two negotiators tried to establish a dialogue with the jumper, aged about 28, but he didn't respond. When a third negotiator failed, the police decided to try something different.

Emergency workers drove an ambulance down the street with its siren flashing, hoping the sight would distract the jumper, even for a moment. It worked, and police were able to pull him inside to safety.

The entire drama lasted more than six hours. The young man was taken to a hospital.

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