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How to escape by throwing yourself into a hole

With the proper preparation, in some circumstances, you can escape by throwing yourself into a hole, like this:

Sarah Laskow writes about this and its history, for Atlas Obscura. Her report begins:

HOW TO ESCAPE A BUILDING BY DROPPING THROUGH A FABRIC ESOPHAGUS

The opening to an escape chute isn’t exactly inviting. Mostly used on industrial rigs or in buildings when other emergency exits are unsafe, the chute, at its entrance, looks something like the maw of a blood-sucking lamprey (except without the teeth) or, if we’re being honest, sort of like the terminal end of your digestive tract.

To use the chute, which is made of concentric tubes of fabric, you must entrust your body to this orifice.

“If we get a job that’s a reasonable size, we turn up with a scaffold, with an escape chute about five meters high,” says Eric Hooper, the owner of Escape Chute Systems. (Five meters is just about 16 and a half feet, or two short stories high.) “We train people to go through, and if they’re going to too fast we can slow them down. Then we take up them up to the roof. It could be between 40 meters and 80 meters”—between about 130 feet and 260 feet—”high, and there’s a mental thing then. They know they’ve got an 80 meter drop.”…

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