Two helmet-camera videos show skydivers’ remarkable jumps from World Trade Center

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Two helmet-camera videos show skydivers’ remarkable jumps from World Trade Center

WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: The three daredevils, along with their lookout, pulled off a breathtaking jumps from the Freedom Tower. But the price they paid was surrendering to cops Monday to face charges such as burglary. They pulled off the bold shenanigans on Sept. 30, an act that initially raised fears of terrorism.

It’s 1 World Trade Center like it’s never been seen before — through helmet cameras worn by two of three skydivers who jumped from the top of the skyscraper in September.

The two clips, posted to YouTube, are breathtaking — and maybe even a little too much to handle if one is afraid of heights.

The skydiver, former WTC ironworker James Brady, first waits for one of his high-flying companions to jump. Then he too plummets toward the street, and the camera provides a remarkable perspective of the 1,776-foot-tall tower and the city lights.

The daredevil then pulls the cord on his parachute, and rides out a landing onto West Street.

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This is an image from a video taken when the skydivers leaped off the World Trade Center at 3 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2013.

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But the thrilling feat was not without consequences.

The trio of skydivers and their lookout surrendered to authorities on Monday.

A second video released Tuesday afternoon shows one of the skydivers leaping from the tower and landing safely – and feet first – on a side street.

The Daily News reported exclusively in its Monday editions the identities of the men who parachuted off the tower on Sept. 30, an act that initially sparked fears of terrorism at the nation’s tallest building.

Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marco Markovich, 27, and the lookout, Kyle Hartwell, 29, were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure, cops said.

They were arraigned Monday night and released on $3,500 bail.

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Parachutists James Brady is escorted by NYPD officers to a waiting van from the 1st Precinct on this way to central booking Monday, March 24, 2014 in Manhattan New York. Brady is being charged for base jumping off 1 World Trade Center Sept. 30, 2013.  (Photo by Barry Williams / for New York Daily News)
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Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross called their actions “utter recklessness” conducted in an “organized fashion.”

The skydivers say that if the video becomes popular on YouTube and pulls in some money, they will donate the proceeds to a charity for families of 9/11 victims, Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told The News.

“This was never intended to be a publicity stunt,” Parlatore added. “However, since the police department has turned it into something of a spectacle, the defendants are hoping the video can be used for some good.”

Investigators identified the four men by tracking a car that was spotted on video near 1 World Trade Center and belonged to one of their relatives, a source said.

“This is a strong case as a result of a long-term investigation” by the NYPD, Port Authority and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, prosecutor Joseph Giovannetti said in court.

“These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “They will be tracked down and they will face serious charges. Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law.”

Andrew Rossig is arraigned on charges related to BASE jumping Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Represented by attorney Timothy Parlatore (left), Andrew Rossig is arraigned on charges related to BASE jumping from 1 World Trade Center on Monday.

On Monday, Rossig blasted the Port Authority’s security operation at the 1 World Trade Center construction site, explaining that they gained access to the building about 3 a.m. on Sept. 30 by slipping through a hole in a fence that was covered by nothing but a tarp.

“God forbid it wasn’t somebody else getting in there with real intentions to harm New Yorkers,” he said.

He said they “just kind of walked in” through a tarp that connected two fences.

Marco Markovich (left) and Kyle Hartwell (right) are arraigned on charges related to BASE jumping

“We were not ever looking to go public with this,” he added. “We knew what we were getting into when we did it.”

It was also revealed on Monday that Brady, a construction worker from Kings Park, L.I., had previously been assigned to work at 1 World Trade Center, according to police sources. He stopped working at the site after Thanksgiving.

Both he and Rossig were described as experienced B.A.S.E. jumpers who travel the world in pursuit of their hobby.

“The Freedom Tower being the biggest building in the western hemisphere, it’s just a fair amount of free fall time and you really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective,” Rossig said. Credit