Thursday, June 19, 2014

Man Dies After Jumping off Of Coney Island's Steeplechase Pier

A 29-year-old drowned after jumping off of Coney Island's Steeplechase Pier early this morning near W. 16th St. and Surf Ave. shortly after 2:30 a.m. His unconscious body was found by an FDNY diver 14 blocks away at W. 30th St. and Surf Ave. 

Diving off of Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island had been common place until in 2011 when NYC Park Advocates raised awareness about the dangers after a 14 - year-old boy was injured that June.  The city eventually cracked down on  the illegal diving after the issue received publicity.
(Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) File Photo - July 2011

The famed pier made headlines in 1992, when Staten Island brothers John and Virgil Brown jumped off and broke their necks and became paralyzed.  The brothers sued the city and won more than $100 million - lowered to $25 million on appeal - in one of the largest settlements in the history of the Parks Department.


A man jumped off a Brooklyn pier and died a short time after emergency responders fished him out of the water, cops said. 

The 29-year-old man jumped into the water around 2:30 a.m. near Surf Avenue and West 16th Street early Thursday, according to authorities. 

The FDNY Marine Unit responded and was able to fetch him out of the water. He was transported in critical condition to Coney Island Hospital but later died, cops said

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NY Post - June 19, 2014 - By Natasha Velez  

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