(8 April 2004, The
Netherlands) The Martinitower is the tallest building in the north part of
the Netherlands, rising 96 meters above the polders. High winds blast the
top, making it a frightening place for some sightseers. Fortunately, a
balustrade protects visitors from accidentally being blown off, and
built-in seats allow them to rest their weary bodies after the onerous
climb to the top. But these safety measures were mere inconveniences to a
20-year-old man who decided to impress his girlfriend with his
devil-may-care nonchalance. He climbed up on the balustrade and swung his
legs to the outside. Then, aided by a gust of wind, he "slipped away,"
according to his father, who added, "he just liked to show off a little."
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