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Photographer caught by footballer as branch knocks her off bus during promotion celebrations 

A tree-mendous save! Female photographer is caught by Spanish footballer as a branch throws her off an open bus during promotional celebrations

  • A soccer player rescues a photographer from a fall from the top of a bus
  • Arnau Martinez grabbed her by the legs as she dangled from a safety rail
  • Photographer Nuri Margui was swept from the top of the bus by a tree branch

A football player rescues a photographer who fell from the top of a double-decker bus after being struck by a tree branch during the team’s promotion parade.

Quick-thinking Girona defender Arnau Martinez sprang into action when he saw the photographer dangling from a guardrail by her legs.

The photographer – named Nuri Margui – had been swept by a tree branch from the top floor of the bus.

But as she clung to her life, the 19-year-old star caught her and pulled her back onto the vehicle.

Martinez wasn’t just the hero there. Last Saturday, he also scored the 80th minute winner to promote his team Girona to the top of Spanish football.

Arnau Martinez grabbed a female photographer as she dangled from a guardrail by her legs

Arnau Martinez grabbed a female photographer as she dangled from a guardrail by her legs

The photographer - named Nuri Margui - was swept from the top floor of the bus by a tree branch

The photographer – named Nuri Margui – was swept from the top floor of the bus by a tree branch

Down on the tarmac, the police had gathered to catch the photographer, but Martinez had already rescued her.

Teammates Ramon Terrats and Gabri Martinez also helped.

Girona – in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia – had just sealed promotion to La Liga.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Girona, the Catalan team reached the play-off final on June 19 in their home game against rivals Tenerife.

Despite Tenerife having home advantage for the deciding game, Girona triumphed 1-3, with Martinez scoring the third goal in the 80th minute and sealing promotion to the top flight.

The video was shared on Twitter by Pau Villafane Duran on June 21, where it went viral with over 200,000 views.

Down on the tarmac, the police had gathered to catch the photographer, but Martinez had already rescued her

Down on the tarmac, the police had gathered to catch the photographer, but Martinez had already rescued her

The Girona fan said: ‘Arnau Martinez saves Nuri Margui.’

Born in Premia de Dalt in Catalonia, Martinez started his career at his local club before moving to Barcelona’s famous La Masia at the age of seven.

He spent six years with the Catalan giants before transferring to Hospitalet and moving to Girona two years later. He broke through to their first team in 2020 and made 62 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and eight assists.

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