Inmate taken to hospital after jumping from NYC jail barge

September 20, 2022 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate jumped from an East River barge that’s part of New York City’s jail system on Tuesday and was taken to a hospital, authorities said.

The inmate climbed a recreation yard fence at the the floating jail known as the Vernon C. Bain Center shortly before noon and jumped into the water, a spokespersoon for the city Department of Correction said.

The individual was apprehended and and taken to a hospital, the spokesperson said. Details on the person’s condition were not released.

The Bain Center is a 625-foot (190-meter) barge that was supposed to be temporary when it opened as a jail in 1992. It is docked in the East River near Rikers Island, the city’s main jail complex.