The Catch | BBC
by Myriam Lahouari
What wonderful men ❤️️. Indeed, a wonderful older brother and community who came together for this rescue. I missed it at the time. A great #feelgood
, which includes video (taken from a distance).
One of the children is just three, and catching him has injured the back of one of his rescuers. Then:
Ten-year-old Sofiane is...about 40 kilos.. he guesses.
...Guelord is to his right, strong enough, Mouhsine reckons, that between them they can lock together to brace against the impact. He grabs the 29-year-old’s arm.
...Sofiane reappears through the thickening smoke. He climbs through the open window to sit on the sill. His feet dangle over the edge, and he looks down at the ground.
The men wait. It seems like an eternity but it's only a few seconds. Finally, he levers himself over the windowsill, hangs, then lets go.
His right foot strikes Mouhsine, his left foot Guelord. Both fall under the impact. Mouhsine screams in pain. The bone in his wrist looks deformed. Guelord realises he has broken his thumb. Walid has fractured his wrist, Lucas his hand. Bilal is thought to have broken a finger.
But Sofiane is unharmed. “He landed directly into our arms,” says Walid. Elyasse weeps in relief. “The two children were unscathed."
The rescue in July of two children from a burning apartment in Grenoble, southern France, captivated the world. For the first time six of the seven men injured in the rescue explain what happened in those critical moments.www.bbc.co.uk