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Inmate taken to hospital after jumping from New York City jail barge

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.
The Vernon C. Bain Center, a jail built on a barge sits in the East River across from the Rikers Correctional Center, on March 9, 2021, in New York.
The Vernon C. Bain Center, a jail built on a barge sits in the East River across from the Rikers Correctional Center, on March 9, 2021, in New York.Gary Hershorn / Getty Images file
/ Source: Associated Press

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.