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Just before noon on Monday, a 21-year-old man from Texas jumped to the ship’s death, Thomas Heatherwick’s sparkling copper Instagram object in the heart of Hudson Yards. The suicide is the third to take place there, and the related companies (the developer of Hudson Yards) today announced that the ship will be closed indefinitely so that additional safety measures can be put in place. While unfortunate, it is a predictable problem for a 16-story structure made up of winding walkways with railings that only reach waistline.

It is a tragedy that some had tried to prevent. Community Board Four, which covers the West Side of Manhattan, requested that the guardrails be raised after the first suicide on the ship last February. Related made no structural changes and instead added new guards trained in suicide prevention. They couldn’t stop a 24-year-old woman from Brooklyn who jumped off the ship in December, in addition to Monday’s suicide. Community Board Four chairman Lowell Kern said Midtown Patch Tuesday as the board continues to push related companies to increase the height of the ship’s guardrails.

Various elevated viewing platforms around town have heavy fortifications between visitors and the void, both for general safety and suicide prevention. But at 70 stories, a destination like Top of the Rock is much higher than the Vessel. On a larger scale, the atrium of NYU’s Bobst Library, which is surrounded by 12 floors of balconies, and indeed, three suicides occurred there in the 2010s. After the first two succeeded, the ‘university installed eight-foot polycarbonate sheets along the railings, then set up a kind of fence after a student climbed the barriers to jump to his death in 2009.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or self-harm, or if you are anxious, depressed, upset, or need to talk, contact the following people who are interested in helping you:

Crisis text line: Text CRISIS to 741741 for free and confidential crisis advice
The national lifeline for suicide prevention: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor project: 1-866-488-7386`