Man Survives Empire State Building Jump

His 86th-floor jump was stopped by the 85th floor
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
Man Survives Empire State Building Jump
Storm clouds loom over the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

You don't expect a story that begins "man jumps off Empire State Building" to end well. But a Massachusetts tourist has been given a second chance after his suicide attempt—in which he climbed a fence lining the building's 86th floor observation deck just before midnight Wednesday and jumped off—was interrupted by the 85th floor. The 33-year-old landed one floor down and was taken to Bellevue with a broken ankle. The New York Post reports that he faces charges of reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. (Read more Empire State Building stories.)

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