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Woman's suicide attempt mistaken for Comic-Con promotional stunt

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Jul 23, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

This year's Comic-Con gave us some real-life heroes, and they didn't even have to wear capes.

Last week, geekdom's biggest party nearly turned tragic when a group of fans who had gathered for an event near the main Comic-Con venue looked up and saw a woman on an apartment balcony 14 stories above. Since several stuntmen were nearby setting up scaffolding for a Kick-Ass 2 promo stunt, some fans who had gathered for the event assumed the woman was part of the act, but she was actually threatening suicide.

Realizing what was really happening and hoping to avoid tragedy before help arrived, stuntmen Amos Carver, Gregg Sergeant and Scot Schecter -- all members of the company Stunts 911 -- rushed into the building and got the building manager's permission to go to the woman's home, which happened to be unlocked. As the incredible video above shows, the trio managed to sneak up behind the woman, grab her and put a safety harness on her, keeping her from falling until emergency personnel arrived.

"I was just so thankful we got there when we got there," Sergeant said later, noting that the unnamed woman was apparently "ready to go" after a relationship ended. "I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone."

So, thanks to some quick thinking and a little care, three stuntmen became superheroes at Comic-Con last week, no powers necessary.

(Via Parallel Universe)