A man was caught on film in the middle of a daring rescue. In the video, he can be seen dangling, with no safety equipment at all, from 13h-story balcony to rescue a dog that slipped through the railing. The dog was left dangling by the collar in midair, and her human was not around at the time.
Diego Andres Davila Jimenez saw the dog dangling there, and knew there was no time to waste. At first, he was hanging out the window only a little bit, and was trying to use a broom to push the dog back through the rails. Unfortunately, that was not working.
It was at that point that Jimenez knew he wasn’t going to have another choice. He began to scale the face of the building, with no safety equipment. It didn’t take very long for him to begin to gather a bit of a crowd, which you can hear on the video cheering him on.
“People on the ground were screaming. They had a mattress out just in case,” said Jimenez in an interview with The Dodo. “The truth is, I did not think about the dire consequences. I did not look down.”
He actually made his way to the dog, and once he got himself over the railing on the 13th floor, he pulled the dog up and over to safety. Miraculously, the dog wasn’t badly injured from the ordeal at all.
“When I had Luna in my hands and looked down, a thousand thoughts flew through my mind,” Jimenez said. “My girlfriend was a little upset, yelling at me ‘You stay there! Do not climb back down!'”
Once both were safe, he waited with the dog on the balcony for an hour for his neighbor to get home. She began to cry, and was so thankful and apologetic.
“She was in tears. She is very grateful, because she just adores that dog,” said Jimenez.