Young individuals videotaping their dangerous climbs to extreme heights and then posting those videos online has become a new type of Internet trend. A few weeks ago, video surfaced of two Russian teens that climbed to the top of the unfinished Shanghai tower. A new video depicts three individuals skydiving from the top of the new, still-empty Freedom Tower in New York City.
The video, which took place in September of last year, was posted by James Brady, a former ironworker for the construction of the building. It depicts Brady's two friends jumping off the building, and then gives a first-person perspective of his own jump. The jump offers incredible views of the tower as well as the city, as Brady descends following a successful parachute deployment. He lands in the middle of the street and immediately starts running to avoid traffic and potential law enforcement agents.
According to the New York Daily News, the three BASE jumpers as well as the lookout that accompanied them have been arrested by the authorities and charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure. The men involved are Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marco Markovich, 27, and Kyle Hartwell, 29, who served as the lookout.
The Freedom Tower, the replacement for the twin towers of the World Trade Center, is the largest building in the United States. The area has understandably been a major security concern since 9/11.
Regarding his reasons for jumping from the tower, Rossig remained laid-back and casual.
“The Freedom Tower being the biggest building in the western hemisphere, it’s just a fair amount of free fall time and you really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective,” Rossig said.
The lawyer representing the BASE jumpers claimed that his clients did not intend the event to be a publicity stunt, but they will now donate any profits the video makes to charities serving the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks.
A couple of days ago, news broke that a teenager from New jersey had climbed to the top of the same tower, bypassed a security guard and snapped a few photos. According to ABC News, the security at the building is now under investigation.