9/11 Survivor Says He Surfed Down 22 Floors of Falling Debris
It is a miracle the name Pasquale Buzzelli is not among the fallen on the 9/11 memorial.
Buzzelli's survival story is the stuff of urban legend. Now, at last, the full story of "The 9/11 Surfer" is being told by the man who lived it.
Buzzelli, a structural engineer, was on the 64th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the planes hit 11 years ago.
"I thought, ‘I can't believe this is how I’m going to die. Please God, make it quick,’" he told INSIDE EDITION.
He and his colleagues were making their way down the stairs when suddenly, it happened.
"When I reached the 22nd floor, that's when I felt the building start to vibrate. Everything started to shake. People were screaming. I dove to the next landing and braced myself in a fetal position.
His wife, Louise, was pregnant with their first child when she was watching the disaster on TV, fearing the worst.
She told INSIDE EDITION, "I was screaming, ‘No, no! God, please don't let him suffer!’ I'm thinking, ‘I’m a widow. This baby will never see her father!’"
But fate had other plans for Buzzelli. Incredibly, he had surfed nearly 200 feet aboard a slab of concrete.
While riding in an ambulance, Buzzelli borrowed a cell phone to call his wife. A home video showed Buzzelli's return home that same night. He hugged Louise and struggled to get out of the car with his broken foot.
The Buzzellis are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Hope and Mia. They're telling their story in a new book, We All Fall Down, and a Discovery Channel documentary, The 9/11 Surfer.
It's an incredible story, but to some, a bit too incredible.
INSIDE EDITION’s Lisa Guerrero said to Buzzelli, "Some skeptics are saying it is impossible to survive the way you did."
"People are going to believe what they want to believe. I'd be skeptical too, but I know what happened,” he said.
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