Four spectators made an extreme choice… New York landmark Vessels to review permanent closure
[아시아경제 권서영 기자] It has been confirmed that Vessel, a tourist attraction in New York, USA, is considering the possibility of permanent closure due to the extreme choice of one after another.
The Daily Beast, an internet media outlet, reported on the 30th (local time) that Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Company, the operator of the vessel, made this statement. In Vessel the day before, a 14-year-old boy who was climbing the stairs to the 8th floor with his family threw himself at himself. This is the fourth accident since Vessel opened in 2019.
Vessel is a structure composed of 154 ascending steps and 80 landings. It has a characteristic honeycomb shape and reaches a total height of 46m. However, the vessel has a structure consisting of only stairs without exterior materials such as glass. Also, the railing installed on the stairs is high enough that anyone can jump over it if they want to.
Therefore, from February of last year to January of this year, at Vessel, three spectators had already made an extreme choice. There were arguments that the height of the railing should be raised for safety reasons, but Vessel decided to reopen the building after triple the number of security personnel and introduced a regulation prohibiting entry of single visitors.
However, two months after reopening, the accident occurred again. Currently, Vessel is temporarily closed, and the operator is also planning to review all measures, such as reopening or permanent closure, after an internal investigation related to the accident. “I think we have done everything we can to avoid a situation like this,” said Ross.
By Kwon Seo-young, staff reporter [email protected]co.kr