Witness tells of horror balcony plunge

A WITNESS to an Ipswich balcony plunge has told of the horrifying moment when he saw the victim plummet 45ft.Robert Zorman, 33, was watching the victim and his friend “messing about” on the balcony of a flat in Peterhouse Close about 11pm on Thursday when one of the men fell over the edge and plunged onto the concrete below.

A WITNESS to an Ipswich balcony plunge has told of the horrifying moment when he saw the victim plummet 45ft.

Robert Zorman, 33, was watching the victim and his friend “messing about” on the balcony of a flat in Peterhouse Close about 11pm on Thursday when one of the men fell over the edge and plunged onto the concrete below.

Mr Zorman, a Felixstowe dock worker, does not know how the man slipped but did see him hanging on to the railings of the balcony by his arms and screaming for help.

Mr Zorman said: “They had the music on really loud and were messing about, screaming and shouting.

“The next minute he was hanging off the balcony and he tried to pull himself up.

“He was calling for his friend to help him and his friend ran into the living room and turned the stereo off.

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“It went quiet and, as he ran back outside and went back to the front rail, his mate just couldn't hold himself and was screaming 'help me, help me' but he couldn't help.

“He was holding himself with both hands and eventually his right hand gave in and he was holding himself just with his left.

“After a couple of seconds he just fell and dropped to the floor.”

Mr Zorman ran over to the 30-year-old man from his house opposite and called police and the ambulance service.

He said he was frightened at what he would find when he went over to the victim and he discovered the man on the floor.

He added: “It was really, really scary. I have never seen anything like it.

“I was shaking and I still cringe when I think about it.

“I couldn't help him because if I had gone below him and tried to catch him he would have squashed me.”

Mr Zorman said the victim managed to answer paramedics' questions and kept telling them he could not feel anything.

He believes he may have struck another balcony before hitting the floor as he landed about two metres from the building.

The victim is said to be recovering in hospital and is no longer in a critical condition.

Police said there was nothing suspicious about the incident.

Do you know the victim? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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