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

A teenager has died after jumping from The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City in front of his horrified family that included his parents, sister and grandmother.

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency personnel could be seen on site after the tragic incident on Thursday afternoon

Emergency personnel could be seen on site after the tragic incident on Thursday afternoon

Emergency personnel could be seen on site after the tragic incident on Thursday afternoon

Paramedics from the FDNY can be seen walking towards the area where the teenager fell

Paramedics from the FDNY can be seen walking towards the area where the teenager fell

Paramedics from the FDNY can be seen walking towards the area where the teenager fell

A body bag can be seen being placed in the coroners van outside The Vessel at Hudson Yards

A body bag can be seen being placed in the coroners van outside The Vessel at Hudson Yards

A body bag can be seen being placed in the coroners van outside The Vessel at Hudson Yards

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 size of the staff and security force was tripled, and signs were put up offering help to people in distress. 

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm. Pictured, members of the emergency services can be seen standing close to wear the boy fell

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm. Pictured, members of the emergency services can be seen standing close to wear the boy fell

The 14-year-old boy was said to have leaped from the eight floor just before 1pm. Pictured, members of the emergency services can be seen standing close to wear the boy fell

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

Officials with the FDNY EMT can be see standing close to the shuttered tourist attraction

Officials with the FDNY EMT can be see standing close to the shuttered tourist attraction

Officials with the FDNY EMT can be see standing close to the shuttered tourist attraction

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.’

A construction worker who was nearby at the time said he heard a ‘bang’ as the boy landed on the ground.   

Investigation tents can be seen erected over the spot where the teenager landed

Investigation tents can be seen erected over the spot where the teenager landed

Investigation tents can be seen erected over the spot where the teenager landed

The area was quickly roped off with crime scene tape following the suicide on Thursday

The area was quickly roped off with crime scene tape following the suicide on Thursday

The area was quickly roped off with crime scene tape following the suicide on Thursday 

Members of the NYPD and coroner's van are seen on site shortly after the boy's death

Members of the NYPD and coroner's van are seen on site shortly after the boy's death

Members of the NYPD and coroner’s van are seen on site shortly after the boy’s death

‘That’s not a sound I’ll ever forget,’ Anthony DeMayo said to the New York Post. ‘It’s horrifying that this keeps happening. You can see looking at the barriers that they’re easy enough to climb over.’

One tourist said there was very little security guards could do to prevent determined jumpers.

“Once you’re inside nobody makes you stay close to your buddy. There are a couple of security guards on every level, but if you want to jump there’s no way anyone can really stop you,’ Irina Popov explained.

On January 11, Franklin Washington, 21, jumped to his death.

He had been wanted for the murder of a 55-year-old woman in San Antonio, Texas, 

One month prior, Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn, jumped on December 21. 

Eleven months after the structure opened, in February 2020, a 19-year-old New Jersey man also leaped off the Vessel.

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn, jumped to her death at The Vessel on December 22, 2020

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn, jumped to her death at The Vessel on December 22, 2020

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn, jumped to her death at The Vessel on December 22, 2020

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