A male individual was apprehended in New York City on Monday for allegedly leaping into a reflective pool at the 9/11 Memorial, as stated by law enforcement.
The event transpired around 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time when authorities received a report about an incident at the northern pool of the 9/11 Memorial. Upon their arrival, they discovered a 33-year-old man who had entered the pool.
Emergency medical services were summoned to assist the man, who sustained injuries to his left leg and back during the incident, and he was subsequently transported to the hospital via an ambulance, according to authorities.
He was transported to Bellevue Hospital due to injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and officials have indicated that charges are currently under consideration. A spokesperson from the Port Authority described the man as someone who appeared to be emotionally distressed.
Subsequently, security personnel were observed placing barriers around the pool to deter any further attempts to enter it. This pool is one of two located at the memorial, both occupying the same footprint as the Twin Towers that tragically collapsed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to information available on the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website, each of these pools extends 30 feet down into a basin and then descends an additional 20 feet into a central void.
The memorial pools are encircled by bronze inscriptions containing the names of 2,983 individuals who lost their lives in the year 2001, along with those who perished in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.