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A Ukrainian woman cheated death when she fell from an 11th-floor flat in Hong Kong in the early hours of Friday.

As she plummeted, the 34-year-old woman, a Hong Kong identity

card holder, hit some clothes drying racks, which broke the force of her fall. She landed on a tin-sheet canopy at the Wan Chai building.

The victim “did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the incident”, a police source said, adding that she had scratches on her limbs and suffered minor rib fractures.

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“She was just like a pinball, hitting clothes drying racks [on the exterior of the building], which apparently broke the force of her fall and saved her life,” the source said.

Describing the woman as being “so lucky”, the source said police were told she was in stable condition in hospital.

She had been found lying on the canopy at the fifth-floor stairwell of Everwin Mansion on Johnston Road shortly after 3.15am.

“Witnesses said she remained conscious after the fall and was yelling for help,” a police spokesman said.

Paramedics rushed the woman to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam for treatment.

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The 11th-floor subdivided flat she fell from is understood to be occupied by a 30-year-old Russian man who also holds a Hong Kong identity card. It is understood that the two met in a pub in Wan Chai.

Another source said initial investigations showed that the man walked away and did not see how she fell out of the window from his flat.

“At this stage, there is no indication that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” the source said.

“The woman fell asleep and rested in hospital after taking medicine. Our officers will talk to her and find out what had happened,” he added.

He said initial investigations turned up nothing suspicious, and no one had been arrested. Crime-squad officers from Wan Chai police district are following up.