Woman survives jump from 7th storey floor

A Hong Kong woman survived a jump from the 7th floor of a building after a canvas awning on the first floor broke her fall, police said Friday.

Woman survives jump from 7th storey floor
A Hong Kong woman survived a jump from the 7th floor of a building after a canvas awning on the first floor broke her fall, police said Friday.

The 25-year-old is believed to have made the jump because of relationship problems.

She was found lying unconscious outside the building in the Yuen Long area of the New Territories late Thursday afternoon and was taken to hospital. She was in a stable condition Friday.

Jumping from high-rise buildings is the most common form of suicide in Hong Kong which has a suicide rate of nearly 1,000 people a year, or three people a day.

At one time Hong Kong had one of the world's highest suicide rate, however numbers have fallen considerably since their peak in 2003 when the city's economy was in the doldrums and Hong Kong was reeling from the SARS outbreak.

DPA
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