Man Survives Empire State Building Jump

Tourists checking out the breathtaking views from the top of New York’s Empire State Building got a shock when a man fell from the observation deck, only to have his drop stopped a floor below.

The man who survived the Empire State Building fall was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, but came away from the scary situation with his life. Photo: Archana Pandey/Flickr

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.

A tourist tried to jump from the Empire State Building yesterday — but only made it one floor down, police sources said.

Nathaniel Fimone fell from the observation deck of the Manhattan skyscraper on Wednesday night, just before midnight, New York Police Department Detective Mark Nell told ABC News.

However, Simone only fell to the 85th floor, and miraculously survived the Empire State Building fall.

“He climbed over the fence and dropped down,” a police source said.

New York City Police Department Mark Nell said authorities are uncertain if the survivor, Nathaniel Fimone, accidentally fell from the Manhattan skyscraper or intentionally jumped.

Fimone was transported to New York’s Bellevue hospital for treatment after he suffered from a broken ankle and cuts on his hands and face. FDNY said the man has been classified as emotionally disturbed.

The fact that Simone suffered such little injury from the building fall is amazing, as most would not have been able to walk away from such an event.

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.

Eyewitnesses said the man appeared to be committing suicide after he was spotted allegedly swinging his legs in the air, appearing to want to fall again after his first foiled attempt, the New York Daily News reports.

It is unclear if Fimone’s fall from the 86th floor of the 102-story building was intentional. Calls placed to the offices of the Empire State Building.

“He was in his own world, like he was lost. He was calm looking down, like it was nothing, but it was 80 stories high,” said one witness, 29-year-old Luis Ariel Jofre, who snapped a photo of Fimone sitting on the building ledge.

Security guards talked the man off the ledge, said Jofre, who added, “We’re relieved that he didn’t die.”

Authorities charged him with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The last reported Empire State Building jump in 2010 resulted in the death of 21-year-old Yale student Cameron Dabaghi.

His note said he was sorry and he would be jumping from either the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, or the Empire State building, police said

“It might be easier to stop a plane than keep a person from doing what he wants to do,” one security guard said. “We have all sorts of security measures in place. It’s not like we didn’t try to stop him.”

The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the United States. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the building since it opened in 1931.

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