A young Queenstown woman is lucky to be alive after she was
rescued from a ledge on the fourth floor of her apartment
Residents of Glebe apartments were woken early yesterday by
the sound of someone attempting to break into their apartment
through a window, only to realise it was a woman trying to
climb into what she thought was her flat.
The woman had climbed up four storeys and it was a sheer drop
to the internal courtyard of the apartment building.
The residents raised the alarm and police, volunteer
firefighters and a St John ambulance crew arrived at the
scene about 4.40am.
Queenstown fire station officer Duncan Fisher said the woman
was believed to be a New Zealander, aged in her 20s.
She was stuck and unable to move from a ledge when emergency
Mr Fisher said the courtyard was too awkward for a ladder to
be put up, so firefighters tied a rope around the woman's
waist, unbolted the nearest window and pulled her indoors to
The 30-minute rescue did not attract onlookers other than the
residents who were woken up.
''I'd say she'd had a bit to drink, but she was coherent and
understood we were trying to help her,'' Mr Fisher said.
''Police had a wee chat with her and found out where she
lives. She was very apologetic.
''She had a very lucky escape.''