Woman falls from Wellington building

Early morning climb ends in critical injury

TOM HUNT
Last updated 12:36 18/01/2013
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INVESTIGATING: Police at the scene of a fall in central Wellington.

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A woman who fell two storeys on Friday after trying to scale a down pipe on this central city apartment died this morning.

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A woman who fell from more than two storeys to a central Wellington carpark had been trying to scale a down pipe when she slipped.

Ambulance spokesman David Ross said it appeared the woman, 25, had fallen from two storeys up this morning and was taken to Wellington Hospital with critical injuries.

Mr Ross said he understood the woman had been climbing up to a window in the building and had fallen accidentally.

Jesse Hansen, who lives in the second-floor flat the woman had been trying to reach, said she had climbed a fire escape at the rear of the Garrett St building about 6-6.30am.

It was believed she had tried to knock at the door but nobody heard her.

She then tried to scale a down pipe to the roof of the building but slipped and fell.

The woman had been there to visit another flatmate, Mr Hansen said.

The flat of artists was a regular drop-in spot for friends.

''We are right in the middle of town so friends who live [out of town] come by and this is their place to stop by.''

He only became aware of what happened when police knocked on his door about 7-7.30am.

While he did not know the woman well the situation was still upsetting, he said.

''I don't know what to do.''

He was unsure why the woman had been trying to get into the flat at that early hour.Police were making enquiries and were keen to speak to any witnesses. 

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