April 14, 2019 12:37 pm

Woman, 36, dies after fall from sixth-floor balcony in Old Montreal

Emergency crews respond to a call after a woman fell from a balcony in Old Montreal. Saturday, April 14, 2019.

Courtesy TVA

A 36-year-old woman has died after falling from a sixth-floor balcony in Old Montreal.

The woman fell about 20 metres after passing over a railing to try to retrieve an object, according to Montreal police.

Police said several people were with the woman when the fall occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Paramedics tried to revive the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the incident occurred on Saint-Francois-Xavier Street, but refused to specify which building.

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However, by 11 p.m. there was a significant police presence at the Hotel Bonaparte, and an American tourist reported seeing more than a dozen police cars racing to the scene.

“About 20 police ran down the street and rushed into the hotel,” Brett Henning told The Canadian Press.

Other tourists sitting at a restaurant facing the hotel said they didn’t see anyone fall or notice anything unusual before officers started arriving.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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