Skip to comments.SKY FALL! Man tumbles off Empire State Building
Posted on 04/25/2013 12:37:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
After 'leaping' one story security talks man out of jumping a second time to avoid death plunge.
Two tourists were taking in the sights Wednesday night, when right before their eyes a man hovered between life and death on the 85th floor of the Empire State Building Argentinians Luis Ariel Jofre and Julieta Paola Barambones said they saw the man, who had apparently already fallen one floor off an observation deck, swing his legs into the air as if he meant to drop again.
Man is rushed from Empire State Building after tumbling one story, breaking his ankle and cutting his hand.
He was in his own world, like he was lost, a shocked Jofre, 29, said of the 11:45 p.m. incident. He was calm looking down, like it was nothing, but it was 80 stories high.
Authorities say the man will be facing a trespassing charge. Security guards talked the man off the ledge, said Jofre, who added, Were relieved that he didnt die.
Luis Ariel Jofre (left) and Julieta Paola Barambones of Argentina talk to the Daily News about witnessing a man on a ledge of the Empire State Building.
FDNY officials said the man wearing a white shirt and black pants was transported to Bellevue Hospital as an emotionally disturbed person.
A cop at the scene said the man suffered a broken ankle and cuts to his hands and faces a trespassing charge.
The officer also said it had not been determined whether the mans fall from the 86th floor was intentional.
As he passed each floor the people inside could hear him say: “So far so good... so far so good...”
That one is pretty good.
As dad always used to say, it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop.
Now how in the world did he climb over the fence surrounding the observation platform to jump?
I’ve been there! It’s like an open top cage with a top section rounded back where you can’t scale it.
If you look closely, you can see the damage King Kong caused to the building.
If I was stuck in New York City jumping off the Empire State Building would no doubt seem reasonable.
Maybe a giant gorilla was chasing him and this distracted the other people? Just sayin'.
Two men are sitting drinking at a bar at the top of the Empire State Building, when the first man turns to the other and says “You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, the winds around the building are so intense that by the time you fall to the 10th floor, they carry you around the building and back into a window.” The bartender just shakes his head in disapproval while wiping the bar.
The second guy says, “What, are you nuts? There’s no way that could happen.” “No, its true,” the first man says. “Let me prove it to you.” He gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and plummets toward the street below. As he nears the 10th floor, the high winds whip him around the building and back into the 10th floor window and he takes the elevator back up to the bar.
He meets the second man, who looks quite astonished. “You know, I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one time fluke.” “No, I’ll prove it again,” says the first man as he jumps again. Just as he is hurtling toward the street, the 10th floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs he urges his fellow drinker to try it.
“Well, why not.” the second guy says, “It works. I’ll try it.” He jumps over the balcony, plunges downward passes the 11th, 10th 9th, 8th, floors. . . . . and hits the sidewalk with a SPLAT.
Back upstairs the bartender turns to the other drinker and says, “You know Superman, you’re a real jerk when you’re drunk.”
An optimist falls off the top of the Empire State Building. As he passes the floors on the way down, people watching at the windows inside hear him repeat: “So far, so good! So far so good!”
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