Painter Survives Fall From Raleigh Water Tower
Posted December 21, 2004 8:02 a.m. EST
RALEIGH,N .C. — Doctors are calling a teenager who fell 90 feet from a Raleigh water tower on Saturday a medical marvel.
Josh Brinkman, 19, fell 90 feet and lived to talk about it.
Brinkman, a contract painter, was hired to come to town just to paint the water tower near Brier Creek in north Raleigh.
He said he was strapped into a harness suspended by a pulley system.
"Once I let myself down somewhat, I went to hook it back up and the rope just slipped out of my hand because of all the paint and I dropped," he said.
Brinkman, still strapped in his wooden seat, landed on a steel bar.
"I was positive I was dead," he said. "About the time I hit the ground I managed to run the thought through my head that I was at least going to be paralyzed."
Although he was paint-stained and bandaged, Brinkman did not break a single bone. He was released from a hospital the same day.
"[The doctors] were amazed. They told me I was a medical marvel," he said.
"Me and a friend of mine -- it was more or less of a joke -- but we always said to each other, the one rule that we had between each other was we don't die. And it came in handy today," Brinkman said.