Yekaterina Horoshko, who caught the entire incident on camera, told the local press that she spotted the 35-year-old man climbing out of his 8th floor apartment in the Estonian capital of Tallinn using a makeshift rope made from bed sheets that he tied together, Hollywood jailbreak-style.
According to Horoshko the man was able to walk away from the fall thanks to the large amount of snow that had accumulated on the ground beneath him.
A local police spokesman later confirmed the details of the incident, adding that the man was apparently attempting to flee his apartment after having been locked in the bedroom by his possessive wife.
"He said his wife locked him up," Officer Ilmar Kahro is quoted as saying. "Desiring to go meet friends, he decided to get out using a rope he made out of bed sheets. The rope proved too weak, landing the man in the house side bushes."
There is no word on the man's present condition, but the police official said he was able to enter the ambulance on his own after being helped on his feet by paramedics.