May 23, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

During heavy thunderstorms in south China this weekend, a one-year-old baby apparently went looking for his mother by a window. Two men on the street below noticed the child’s precarious position and anticipated his fall, Reuters reports.

“I didn’t think too much at the time,” said the man who managed to catch the baby, identified only as Mr. Li. “I was just afraid of failing to catch him.”

Another resident, identified as Mr. Hu, helped put down cardboard and a sofa to break the baby’s fall, just in case. “It was nothing but human instinct to do so,” he said.

Watch the surveillance video that captured the miraculous catch above.

 

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