26 Jul 2010

Teenager survives 16-storey fall

2:47 pm on 26 July 2010

A teenager is recovering in hospital after falling from a 16-storey apartment building and suffering only broken bones.

The 15-year-old fell from the Proximity Apartments in Manukau City on Thursday.

He lives with his family on the recently completed building's top floor.

Building manager Jason Epps-Eades says the boy's fall was broken considerably by a car park roof, though residents are still stunned he survived.

Mr Epps-Eades says the boy fell past a tenant who called emergency services.

The teenager is in a stable condition in Middlemore Hospital and is expected to be discharged later this week.

Police are investigating the fall.