We have all heard that going green will help save the planet but how about saving a couple of local teenagers?
A pile of recycling likely saved the lives of two Vancouver teenagers who plummeted down a seven-storey building shaft on Canada Day. A boy and girl, both 18, along with two friends were hanging out on the roof of a heritage apartment building at 1601 Comox Street in Vancouver’s West End on Thursday night.
The teens were leaning against a wooden structure on the rooftop of Grace Court apartment building when it gave way, sending them down an abandoned shaft, according to a statement released by the Vancouver Police Department..
A heap of recycling broke their fall and saved them from “life-threatening injury,” the statement said. The teens, who don’t live in the building, sustained several injuries, including a broken leg for the male.
Jake, a building resident who did not want to give his last name, said he heard a huge crash just after 8 p.m. “It sounded like someone dropped an armoire down the stairs,” he said.
He left his apartment and saw a teenager running up the fire escape. “He just kept saying, ‘I think my sister is dead. She fell through the roof ’.” He followed the teen up to the roof, where he saw a large hole where the building’s light shaft lies. He looked down the hole and saw a girl crumpled and crying at the bottom of the shaft and a boy who was motionless. “My heart sank,” he said.
The shaft ends in what looks like a closet near the laundry room – a space that happens to house the building’s recycling. The building’s property manager is a dedicated recycler and residents collect their cans and bottles and return them for cash, which is donated to charity, he said.
Police consider the incident an assistance call and are not criminally investigating, police spokeswoman Constable Jana McGuinness said in an interview on Friday. These are two lucky kids, hope they support green initiatives their whole lives.