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The following video is not for the faint of heart, or anyone with even the slightest vertigo or fear of heights.
A first-person look at the experience of BASE jumping off the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center is now online, posted to YouTube by the three daredevils who performed the stunt in September.
The video shows the jump from one of the men’s perspectives, including a shot straight down the 1,776-foot-tall building.
The jumpers — James Brady, Andrew Rossig and Marko Markovich — turned themselves in to the NYPD on Monday. The trio and accomplice Kyle Hartwell were arraigned on charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure.
One of the jumpers told the New York Post that his only regret was that he got caught.
“The intent was for nobody to ever find out and for nobody to get hurt and nobody did get hurt. I’m just trying not to go to jail,” Rossig said. “We knew what we were getting into when we did it.”
Rossig also told the Associated Press that the jump was “very exhilarating.”
“It’s a fair amount of free-fall time,” he said. “You really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective.”
The Port Authority and NYPD condemned the jumpers’ behavior as a “selfish act” in a statement early Tuesday morning.
“The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public. One of the jumpers worked construction at the WTC and violated the spirit of respect and reverence for this sacred site that almost all connected with the WTC project feel. It should be clear that the PAPD and NYPD will go to any length to bring those who defile the WTC site to justice,” the statement read.
NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton added: “These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way. They will be tracked down and they will face serious charges. Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law.”
The jumpers’ lawyer Tim Parlatore told The Post that any money that came in from YouTube ads would be donated to charity.
Watch the video of the jump below.
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