No matter how much you love your partner, little disputes are part of the package. While many prefer resolving their squabbles behind closed doors, sometimes things just escalate. That’s exactly what happened between a Russian couple, who accidentally broke through the railings of a balcony during a row. In a terrifying moment that was witnessed by many, the two plunged 25 feet down to the pavement.
The pair, who was identified as 35-year-old Olga Volkova and Yevgeny Karlagin, was seen engaged in an angry dispute by passersby who were filming the marvelous view of the street in St Petersburg, Russia. “I was walking with my colleague and filming the historic street view. I noticed the row and began to shoot when this happened,” Denis, an eyewitness, told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, according to Mirror. “Someone with medical experience was nearby, and checked their pulses, saying they had both survived. We called an ambulance,” they added.
The couple, who has a young son together, had crashed to the ground after falling from the second floor of their apartment building. Following the death-defying fall, the two were immediately rushed to the hospital, where they underwent surgery for serious injuries which were not life-threatening. Footage of the incident, which reportedly occurred around 10 am, showed the railing of the balcony becoming loose after the couple leaned on it.
As a result, the pair lost their balance, fell down onto the pavement, and suffered broken limbs. The incident is now being investigated by authorities in St Petersburg to determine whether the balcony was poorly fitted or not. The state prosecutor’s office is also checking if the fittings were in need of repair and if so, charges would be brought against the responsible party.
Back in March, horrifying footage showed the heartstopping moment when the railing of a balcony in a Bolivia college collapsed and resulted in the death of young students. Moments before the railing gave way, the fourth-floor hallway of the Public University of El Alto (UPEA) was packed with students. They had reportedly gathered in the area to attend an assembly that was being held at the financial sciences building of the university, located in El Alto outside the country’s capital of La Paz.
Soon, a fight broke in the overcrowded area, and in a matter of seconds, a section of the railing caved under pressure and collapsed. Unfortunately, a few students ended up plummeting to their death from the fourth floor. “Seven have died and five are in a critical state, some of them stabilized,” said Health Minister Jayson Auza about the deceased students who were aged between 19 and 27. The number of casualties could have been higher if it wasn’t for the swift action of onlookers, who grabbed onto others to stop some students from tumbling down to their deaths.