World Trade Center Base Jumping Video Has Arrived: Watch Here!
There’s been mixed reaction to the three men who climbed to the top of the 1776-foot Freedom Tower and jumped off back in September, and now the first-person video has been released so you can decide for yourself.
James Brady, Andrew Rossig and Marko Markovich confessed to the crime on Monday (March 24) and surrendered to the NYPD at which time they were charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment and felony burglary.
Rossig told press, “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. We knew what we were getting into when we did it."
He added, “It was very exhilarating. It’s a fair amount of free-fall time. You really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective.”
However, the Port Authority and NYPD released a statement criticizing the whole ordeal- "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.”
"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,” added NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton.