A heroic Shopkeeper miraculously catches a boy falling off the top of an escalator in the Basaksehir shopping center on the West side of Istanbul, Turkey, and the action is all caught on video.
The four-year-old boy and his father were shopping at the mall, when the boy began climbing on the outside of the escalator. Of course, children shouldn’t climb on either the inside or the outside of the escalator, but the outside can be more dangerous.
In the slideshow above, the boy is highlighted in red and the heroic shopkeeper is highlighted in yellow. The first photo, where the red circle is toward the top of the photo, shows the boy after he has “ridden” the outside of the escalator and has reached the top while hanging onto it from the outside.
Ali Apari, the heroic shopkeeper, had followed the lad as he rode up on the outside of the escalator, putting himself into a perfect position to perform his heroics.
Once our adventurous lad had reached the summit, he unfortuitously lost his grip on the hand rail and tumbled backward off the escalator toward the unforgiving floor below. But the heroic Ali had prudently secured a spot on that very same floor beneath the lad, and lay in wait of the wayward boy.
As the lad plummeted toward what may very well have been his doom, Ali snatched him from mid-air preventing what would surely have been a tragic ending.
The second photo was taken as the boy is falling in mid-air. Again the boy is highlighted in red and Ali is highlighted in yellow. In this photo the red circle is closer to the middle of the photo. You can see Ali is reaching his arms up to catch the lad, who is almost within Ali’s grasp.
The boy fell from a height of about 15 feet, so at the very least he would have broken some bones. The very worst might have been quite a sad tragedy.
The Washington Post reported that at the time of the incident the boy was waiting for his father, who was shopping.