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Greenwood man falls 11 stories and lives

Posted at 12:01 AM, Mar 04, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an Indiana man was stretching his back on a railing Tuesday night when he lost his footing and fell from the 11th floor balcony of a Panama City Beach condominium.

The News Herald reports 38-year-old Mark Hefley of Greenwood, Indiana, landed in a shallow pool below.

Hefley says he just "plunged too far forward, and that was it."

"I just shoved as hard as I could to get me away from the railing," Hefley said. "Next think you know, I landed in the pool. Climb myself out and lay there screaming and hollering 'cause my back hurt."

Hefley's wife told Panama City Beach police that she and a friend were sitting on the couch when they saw Hefley slip and his legs upend as he fell over the balcony.

He told police after the incident that he and a friend had just finished laying hardwood flooring in the condo and he needed to stretch his back.

Police don't believe alcohol was a factor.


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