Springfield Teen's Jump From Seaside Heights Skyride Hits the Internet

Storms were brewing when YouTube video was shot

Melanie Rossomando has leapt into web notoriety.

A video showing the Springfield teen jumping from the Skyride in Seaside Heights is spreading throughout the Internet.

A video Rossomando jumping from the Skyride, the aerial tramway that runs about 30 feet above boardwalk, down to the beach below had more than 13,000 views Monday morning.

The video, shot as were beginning to roll into the area Saturday night, shows the Skyride stationary, presumably from a loss of electrical power due to the storms.

"Oh my God, look, they got stuck," shouts the person who took the video, as the camera points toward the ride.

After a few minutes of being stuck in the metal car as clouds roll in ominously above, Rossomando can be seen kicking her shoes down to the sand, Rossomando can be seen sliding off the ride and landing on the beach. The video is unclear as to whether a second passenger also jumped off, but implies that person did as well.

Officials in Seaside Heights and a representative for Casino Pier, which operates the Skyride, could not be reached for comment. Rossomando's family report that she is fine after the jump.

The incident Saturday night is not the first time someone has taken a plunge from the Skyride. In 2010, a Milltown teen was critically injured after falling from the ride. In 1997, three people fell from the ride in a matter of four weeks.

Lenny July 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
My son chatted with Melanie last night, after I told him what happened. According to him, the second girl on the skyride did not jump.
Princess Valiant July 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Now that's a tough Jersey Girl! I probably would have done the same.


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