NEW YORK — 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 floating jail known as the Vernon C. Bain Center shortly before noon and jumped into the water, a spokesperson 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 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.