Father of Nigerian family rescued from burning building by American servicemen in South Korea. pic.twitter.com/J7JmP4uXra— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) May 3, 2016
A mother and her children survived an apartment fire in a miraculous twist of fate.
On the fourth story of a burning building in Pyeongtaek, South Korea a mother — originally from Nigeria — was left with no choice but to drop her children from a window and then jump out herself.
U.S. service personnel, stationed nearby, saw clouds of smoke coming from the building while walking to dinner and began to coordinate a rescue plan to get the family out, CNN reports.
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They came up with the idea to get blankets from a nearby store and gathered other neighbors and onlookers to help hold out the blankets while they instructed the mother to toss her three kids down.
In the terrifying cellphone footage of the incident, bystanders can be heard screaming and shouting as the 30-year-old mother hesitated to drop her babies down to the crowd holding out blankets and cushions.
"You could tell she was scared. She didn't want to," said U.S. Air Force First Sgt. Melanie Scott.
Master Sgt. Daniel Raimondo said when it came time for her to drop the last child, she struggled to work up the nerve. He said he had to beg her to, “please just throw the baby down!”
"I remember her screaming (at) the baby, 'I love you, I love you. ...' Next thing you know she dropped the baby," he said.
Thanks to the quick-thinking military officials with the help of brave community members, the woman and all three of her children survived without injury.
This situation is an exceptional example of being at the right place at the right time.
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