Preschooler who fell from 6th floor saved by onlookers with blanket

When a 3-year-old boy who had been dangling from a sixth-floor balcony dropped from the apartment building, bystanders below safely caught him using a blanket in a dramatic rescue captured on video by onlookers in China.

The boy was taken to a hospital but suffered no injuries in the fall Monday afternoon in Chongqing Municipality, which is in southwestern China, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.

"I looked up and saw a little child was dangling up there," said Zhu Yanhui, who was among several people who helped save the boy. "My first reaction was to find something to catch him. I thought about rushing over there and catch him with my bare hands, but that would not have worked.”

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Two-year-old Emad is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017. Omid Vahabzadeh/TIMA via REUTERS/ File Photo 
Emad, two, and his parents visit his doctor Mr. Khorasandy in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS. 
Emad, two, and his parents visit doctor Mr. Khorasandy's at his office in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Two-year-old Emad's doctor Mr. Khorasandy checks his ear in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, reacts as his mother holds his hand in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, and his parents wait for a taxi after visiting a doctor in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Two-year-old Emad's doctor Mr. Khorasandy checks his ear in north of Tehran, Iran, June 19, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, walks in a park in Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Two-year-old Emad's mother, Zahra Khorasani helps him get changed at their relative's home in south of Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, eats food while surrounded by his family at a relative's home in south of Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, and his family rest in a park in south of Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, plays at his relative's home in south of Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
Emad, two, plays with his teddy bear as he sits on a bed at a relative's home in south of Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via REUTERS
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"I held out the blanket along with others, all the while keeping my eyes on the child. I looked at the blanket wondering whether we could catch him safely,” Zhu said, according to CCTV. “My only thought was to keep him safe.”

The child had been left home alone Monday while his grandmother went out for groceries, CCTV said.

Zhou Xiaobo helped safely catch the boy with a blanket. "It all happened so fast," Zhou said.

Chongqing is around 900 miles southwest of Beijing.

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