A father today re-lived the moment he feared his 20-month-old son had died after plunging 20ft from a first-floor window.
Finlei Radley fell after leaning out of the living room window of his family’s flat on Linden Place, in Bispham, while his father, Michael, was in another room.
But miraculously, the brave toddler, who landed on grass, escaped with just a broken arm, a bump to the head and a sore leg.
Mr Radley said: “It’s remarkable. I thought we had lost him, I really did.”
The 24-year-old said his older son, Dilan, six, had opened the window on Sunday morning to hear and watch a football game on fields at the back of their flat.
He had then gone out of the room, leaving Finlei alone in the lounge.
Mr Radley said he panicked when he could not find the tot after searching his favourite hiding places inside the flat.
He even looked out of the open window but couldn’t see him.
While he was frantically searching for his son, bystanders at the football match had seen Finlei on the ground, scooped him up and taken him to the front of the building.
Mr Radley, who works at Sainsbury’s on Red Bank Road, said: “There was just a knock on the door and a lady was holding Finlei in her arms.
“He was covered in blood and he wasn’t even screaming. There was no movement in him and his eyes were rolling. I thought he was about to die.”
Police and ambulance were called to the family’s home at 11.30am on Sunday.
Finlei was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with a suspected head injury and was kept in overnight for observation.
Mr Radley said his son’s fall was broken by the bay window of the flat below.
He added: “I’m so grateful for the lady who picked Finlei up and brought him home. Without her, God knows what could have happened.”
Finlei, who will have his arm in a sling for a fortnight, is now recovering at home.
His mother, Charlotte Church, 22, said: “He is fine.
“The day afterwards he was sat up in hospital playing and having a giggle.”
The family’s neighbours today wished the youngster a speedy recovery.
Terence Jones, 64, said: “I saw the police, I didn’t know it was because someone had fallen from the window.
“It’s a relief to know the boy is going to be OK.”
Michael Wyatt, 73, also of Linden Place, said: “They are nice kids, and a nice family.
“It’s a good job he landed on the grass at the back – if he had fallen out of a front window and onto the concrete below, he could have been dead.”
An ambulance spokesman said: “He fell approximately 18 to 20ft and landed on grass.
“He was fully conscious, though he was suffering with a heavy nose bleed. He had obviously banged his head and face and had a few grazes.”
Police said there were no safeguarding issues involved in the incident, so there was no need for officers to carry out an investigation.