Jump From Seaside Heights Skyride Hits the Internet

Storms were brewing at the same time YouTube video was shot

A video showing a person jumping from the Skyride in Seaside Heights is making the rounds on the Internet.

The Skyride is the official name of an aerial tramway that runs about 30 feet above most of the length of the town's boardwalk. A video of a person jumping down to the beach below had more than 13,000 views Monday morning.

The video – which was shot as were beginning to roll into the area Saturday night – shows the Skyride stationary, presumably from a loss of electrical power due to the storms.

"Oh my God, look, they got stuck," shouts the person who took the video, as the camera points toward the ride.

WARNING: A person is heard using what could be considered inappropriate langage. Please be advised.

One rider, a female, drops her shoes down to the sand, then can be seen sliding off the ride and landing on the beach. The video is unclear as to whether a second passenger also jumped off, but implies that person did as well.

Officials in Seaside Heights and a representative for Casino Pier, which operates the Skyride, could not be immediately reached for comment.

A person claiming to be the jumper posted in the comments section of the YouTube video, saying she was alive, but "just sore."

The incident Saturday night is not the first time someone has taken a plunge from the Skyride. In 2010, a Milltown teen was critically injured after falling from the ride. In 1997, three people fell from the ride in a matter of four weeks.

Tina July 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Asbury Park Press does have the teenagers name in the article, it was her birthday.
Jerry Belle July 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
She seems okay, but I really need to know - is the finger in the camera okay?? Every scene in the video shows this finger, sometimes a few fingers - are they okay!??!
Jerry Belle July 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Appreciate the sense of humor :)
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell July 10, 2012 at 09:26 PM
@Chief Have you ever been hit by lightning? Doubtful. I have and believe me whatever pain she is feeling from the jump is a whole hell of a lot less than I felt. Not to mention the PTSD I have had to combat since 1998 when it happened. No one was helping her. Not even the guy filming. Maybe instead of taping he should have been calling 911 or offering to help. That storm was rolling in fast and I am sure self preservation took over. We are not in the mountains out west and I highly doubt she thought she would be endangering anyone. This is the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. If this was on a beautiful day and someone just randomly jumped I would say it was irresponsible and just plain dumb but that is not the case here.
JosephGhabourLaw July 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We have a staffer at the shore. He used a modern tool called the "inter tubes" or something like that, and he knew an hour prior that a storm was arriving at the shore. Why local authorities did not know or react is a question that begs asking.


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