Child survives plunge from fourth-storey flat

Child survives plunge from fourth-storey flat
The incident occurred in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, which overlooks the Rhine Falls. Photo: Roland Zumbühl
A four-year-old boy was lucky to escape death after he fell from a fourth-storey apartment in the canton of Schaffhausen while trying to recover a teddy bear, police said on Friday.

The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon while the boy was playing with a six-year-old boy in his parents^apartment in Nuehausen am Rheinfall, Schaffhausen cantonal police said.

While the unsupervised children were playing, the teddy fell out of one of the open windows.

The four-year-old plunged out the window in a bid to retrieve the stuffed toy, police said.

He fell nine metres onto a canopy at the entrance to the apartment, police said, which likely prevented the accident from being fatal.

Neuhausen fire fighters rescued the boy, who broke a leg and suffered bruises but otherwise was miraculously none the worse for wear.

Police said an investigation has begun into the exact circumstances of the incident.

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