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Video captures man's attempt to catch woman falling 11 storeys

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A former soldier has been left with serious injuries after he attempted to catch a woman who plummeted 11 storeys from a building.

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Hubei Province, China: Dramatic CCTV footage captures a young man's attempt to catch a woman in his arms as she falls from an eleventh-storey building. Warning: distressing images.

The dramatic attempted rescue was captured on a surveillance camera in Chongwen Square in the Hubei Province, China.

Feng Ning, a 23-year-old army veteran can be seen in the black-and-white footage rushing into the street, his arms outstretched as a group of passers-by watch on.

Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys
Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys Photo: Supplied

Mr Feng frantically adjusts his position, darting forward and to the side, but always looking up.

A split-second later, the woman's body falls through the top of the frame in a sickening blur. Her rapid descent knocks the man to the ground.

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The woman later died of her injuries, according to Chinese news network CCTV.

Mr Feng writhes on the ground as bystanders came to his aid.

Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys
Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys Photo: Supplied

"There was a loud noise, as if it was an earthquake. Then I heard the young man screaming in pain," a witness told CCTV.

"The young man cried and cried while sweating badly. He looked as if he was in a great pain," the witness said.

He was taken to hospital, suffering injuries to his knee joints (torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, as well as a dislocated medial ligament) and a tibial plateau fracture, according to his treating doctor.

Mr Feng was walking to a restaurant when he hear someone crying out for help from a residential building nearby, CCTV reported.

He looked skywards and saw a woman hanging from an 11th floor window, he said.

"I ran to the building, but she had already fallen before I could reach the entrance. So I got ready to catch her instead. I don't know what happened next," Mr Feng said, according to an English translation.

"I don't regret. It's a shame I couldn't save her," Mr Feng said from his hospital bed.

The circumstances that led to the woman's fall is unclear.

Feng joined the army as a college student in 2013. He retired in September after full service, CCTV reported.