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Woman blown off fourth floor balcony by gale-force winds

Gale-force winds have blown a woman off her balcony on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, according to Russian media reports.

The Interfax news agency reported Tuesday that the 65-year-old woman from the town of Shakhtyorsk went out for a smoke on the balcony and was blown off, landing on a snowdrift below.

An ambulance couldn’t reach the house so the woman had to be taken to a hospital in the bucket of a construction truck.

Local news website Uglegorskiye Novosti says she fell from the fourth floor, breaking an arm and three ribs, and leaving her with a concussion.

According to RT News, officials believe the snow may have saved the woman’s life.

Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East has been hit with a series of snowstorms since Monday with wind gusts in the area of the woman’s fall reaching about 93 mph.

Winds have swept off the roofs of many apartment houses, a local day care center and blacked out dozens of residential areas, Sputnik news reports.

With News Wire Services

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