Boy, 14, jumps to his death from NYC’s The Vessel in front of his family – the fourth suicide there


Boy, 14, jumps to his death from NYC’s The Vessel in front of his family – the fourth suicide there since it opened two years ago

  • A teenager died by suicide at the 150-foot set of spiraling staircases on Thursday
  • The boy was said to be with four other members of his family at the time  
  • The structure in Hudson Yards closed in January after three similar deaths
  • Hudson Yards’ developer now considering shutting down the Vessel, which recently reopened with ‘suicide prevention measures’

A teenager has died after jumping from The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City.

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm.

His family, who are believed to be from New Jersey, were with him at the time including his parents, sister and grandmother. 

Officers from the NYPD were quickly on scene together with paramedics but there was nothing that could be done for the teen. 

The tourist attraction had reopened just two months ago after it was closed following a spate of similar deaths which saw three other people jump to their deaths since it opened in March 2019.

A teenager has died after jumping from The Vessel, pictured, at Hudson Yards in New York City

A teenager has died after jumping from The Vessel, pictured, at Hudson Yards in New York City

The teen's death is the fourth suicide from the structure since it opened two years ago

The teen’s death is the fourth suicide from the structure since it opened two years ago

Crime scene tape can be seen around the perimeter of The Vessel on Thursday afternoon

Crime scene tape can be seen around the perimeter of The Vessel on Thursday afternoon 

On Thursday, it was once against shut down with the billionaire developer considering closing the structure for good.   

‘We thought we did everything that would really prevent this,’ Stephen Ross said to  The Daily Beast. ‘It’s hard to really fathom how something like that could happen. But you know, I feel terrible for the family.’

New rules were recently drawn up in an effort to prevent further suicides including a ban on solo visitors with a minimum of two people per visit. Staff were also placed about the structure looking for individuals in distress. 

There was even ‘enhanced guest engagement and screening procedures to detect high-risk behaviors among visitors’ which was supposed to ‘significantly enhance the safety of the experience.’

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm

The Vessel was shut down for the day while police conducted their investigation

The Vessel was shut down for the day while police conducted their investigation

The teen involved during Thursday’s jump was with four members of his family. 

‘A family of five doesn’t fit any profile,’ Ross said.   

‘We are heartbroken by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of the young person who lost their life,’ spokeswoman Kimberly Winston said. ‘We are conducting a full investigation.’

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