Man catches girl after 3-storey fall

New York - A New York bus driver has become a surprise hero after saving a 7-year-old girl who accidentally fell three storeys from a Brooklyn apartment building.

"I just said 'Please, let me catch her, lord, please let me catch her," Stephen St Bernard told local NY1 television about Monday's rescue in the Brooklyn's Coney Island neighbourhood.

A video of the incident taken on a mobile phone and broadcast by the channel showed the girl standing on an air conditioning unit outside her apartment window more than 10m from the ground.

Amid cries from people watching the scene unfold from the ground, the girl fell into the arms of St Bernard.

"I ran over there hoping that she wouldn't fall. When I got there, she was still standing there and I just positioned myself," he said.

"When she lost her balance, I caught her. She has no scratches or anything. She's okay."

St Bernard, who said he cried after saving the girl, suffered a torn tendon in his arm from the impact.

The girl has been identified as Keyla McCree. Her mother had left her alone in the room moments before, according to the New York Post.

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Teddy Beer 2012-07-17 08:02:32 PM
What good fortune. They don't call him 'Saint' for nothing! XD
Thadelphukem 2012-07-17 08:10:20 PM
Give that man a Bells...
Lizelle Van Zyl 2012-07-17 08:25:48 PM
Glad the guy was there! What a stupid woman to leave a 7yr old alone!
Jellyarse Malenema 2012-07-17 08:30:44 PM
about the only bit of good news from NEWS24 in ages! Well done St Bernard!
Shireen Abbas Davids 2012-07-17 08:39:58 PM
WOW !!!! Wat a fantastic man u are indeed ST Bernard !!!!!!!!hope his arm mends soon ! ; )
Eugene Du Plessis 2012-07-17 09:02:03 PM
No Redbull?
Ken Jay May 2012-07-17 09:35:05 PM
Fantastic!...they should name a dog after him!
Swapie 2012-07-17 09:56:01 PM
Happy ending. Well done.
Felix Njewa Kankhukwa 2012-07-17 10:07:49 PM
parental negrect!
Tommo Too 2012-07-18 12:02:33 AM
Fetch the child warfare...