Friday, April 26, 2013

Jumper: Man Survives Jump from Empire State Building

It's not a headline you would expect to read, but a man did indeed survive an attempted suicide by jumping from New York City landmark the Empire State Building!

Nathaniel Simone from Hamilton, Massachusetts, was visiting the observation deck on the 86th floor of the 102 story iconic Manhattan skyscraper popular with tourists from around the globe. He climbed over a security fence at about 11:30 on Wednesday evening and decide to leap off in an apparent suicide attempt. Fortunately for Simone, he didn't get quite enough lift-off from his jump and he ended up landing hard...but only one floor down!  The 33-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for a broken ankle from the fall and also for psychiatric evaluation.

Simone faces charges of reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Since the skyscraper was constructed in 1929, there have been at least thirty people who have jumped from the building. In 1979, a 29-year-old woman named Elvita Adams jumped from the observation deck as well, but high winds blew her down to the 85th floor, where she suffered a shattered pelvis.

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