A 14-year-old boy jumped to his death from the Vessel at the Hudson Yards Thursday afternoon in front of his horrified family — and the Midtown tourist attraction may shut down for good over the latest death.
The tragic teen leaped from the eighth story of the structure at West 33rd Street and 10th Avenue and was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m., police and sources said.
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of the young person who lost his life,” Hudson Yards spokeswoman Kimberly Winston said in a statement.
“We are conducting a full investigation. The Vessel is currently closed.”
That may be the case forever, according to the Daily Beast, which spoke to the structure’s billionaire developer Stephen Ross.
He told the outlet that he is weighing whether to shut down the Vessel for good following the latest suicide there — the fourth in two years.
“We thought we did everything that would really prevent this,” Ross said. “It’s hard to really fathom how something like that could happen.”
Sources said the boy, who is from New Jersey, was with his parents, sister and grandmother at the time — and said nothing before the fatal leap.
His family declined to comment.
Anthony DeMayo, a construction worker who was across the street at the time, recalled hearing “the bang” when the boy hit the ground.
“That’s not a sound I’ll ever forget,” DeMayo said. “It’s horrifying that this keeps happening. You can see looking at the barriers that they’re easy enough to climb over.”
Irina Popov, a tourist from Massachusetts, agreed that there are only so many precautions that can be put in place.
“Once you’re inside nobody makes you stay close to your buddy,” she said. “There are a couple of security guards on every level, but if you want to jump there’s no way anyone can really stop you.”
The boy, whose name is being withheld by The Post, is the fourth person to commit suicide at the tourist attraction since it opened two years ago.
The 150-foot vertical sculpture was shuttered for four months this year following a spate of suicides.
It reopened in May, but the owner decided not to make any changes to affect the aesthetics.
Instead, a safety plan was put in place requiring people to visit in groups of at least two. “Screening procedures to detect high-risk behaviors” were also implemented.
Ross told the Daily Beast the security staff are located on every level of the Vessel to watch for people in distress.
But, he noted, “A family of five doesn’t fit any profile.”
Anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts is urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Additional reporting by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon