A 14-year-old boy plunged to his death from the Vessel at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards as his family watched.

The teen, who has not been publicly identified, jumped off the eighth floor of the 150-foot-tall building near W. 33rd Street. and 10th Avenue on Thursday, July 29, police said.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

"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."
 
The tourist attraction was closed for the day as authorities conducted their investigation.

"We thought we did everything that would really prevent this," Stephen Ross, the billionaire chairman of The Related Companies told The Daily Beast

The Related Companies is the real-estate giant that is behind Hudson Yards.

"But I feel terrible for the family. I want to explore every feasible possibility we can, but for now the Vessel is closed."

The security rules in the structure require visitors to come in groups of at least two, a move which the builders said: "significantly enhances the safety of the experience."

The teen was visiting with four other members of his family. 

"A family of five doesn’t fit any profile," Ross said.

Meanwhile, some community leaders allege that Related could have included more safety measures. 

"For Related to claim they did everything possible here is just not true," said Lowell Kern, chair of Manhattan Community Board 4. 

"They could have raised the height of the barriers, and that would have prevented this tragedy. For reasons unknown to us they decided not to do that," Kern said.

The teen who died Thursday is the fourth person to commit suicide at the structure since it opened in March 2019.

In February 2020, a 19-year-old New Jersey man killed himself by leaping off the Vessel.

Months later on Dec. 21, a Brooklyn man, 24-year-old Yocheved Gourarie took a fatal plunge. 

21-year-old Franklin Washington, who was wanted for murdering a 55-year-old woman in San Antonio, Texas jumped to his death on Jan. 11, 

Following Washington’s suicide, the tourist attraction was shut down for four months as Hudson Yards modified its safety procedures.

 

Vessel Vessel is a visitor attraction built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in Manhattan, New York City. Pixabay.