Brooklyn Man Killed in Fall From Palisades Cliff

Witnesses said the man was beyond a safety barrier, according to police.

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man was found dead after witnesses say he went beyond a marked safety barrier and fell off a cliff at Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs Saturday night, police said.

Officers rushed to the scenic lookout within minutes of receiving a report that a man had fallen shortly before 9 p.m., according to Palisades Interstate Parkway Police.

A search effort by Englewood Cliffs firefighters, the East Bergen Rappel Team and New York Police Department’s Aviation Unit located the man’s body directly below where he reportedly fell, police said.

“He was reported to have been on the cliff edge beyond a placarded safety barrier near the middle of the lookout,” Lt. Michael J. Coppola said in a statement.

Police identified the man Sunday afternoon as Artem Adzhyev. He was visiting the lookout with friends but not linked to the Ironman triathlon, according to a police statement. 

The death was not believed to be suspicious, police said. 

In June, two people died in falls from cliffs in the Palisades Interstate Park. A 45-year-old Spring Lake man and a 16-year-old Fort Lee High School in the Fort Lee section of the park.


First published 4:45 a.m. Sunday. Updated 5:24 p.m. Sunday 

John Santaella August 12, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Perhaps a 6 foot concrete barrier should be erected along the whole of the Palisades; with razor wire on top. When was the last time a hiker fell off the cliffs? These falls are at the lookouts where people climb over the barriers despite the warnings. And, one of the last 3 to fall was probably a suicide and those are very tough to prevent.
Visitor August 12, 2012 at 09:50 PM
To your point UScitizen, one of the beautiful experiences one takes in while on the Palisades Interstate trail- is the nature. In the case of this young man falling off of the cliff, my heart goes out to his family, however I do not believing putting up more fences, more barriers, more signage will in anyway, deter individuals from attempting to go beyond them. What is needed- individuals with the common sense and judgement to know that if they do go beyond a rail, they assume all of the risks that go along with it. Decisions have consequences and in this case, a bad decision cost this tourist his life. It would be an interesting statistic to learn just how many individuals visited this same exact spot throughout the year (the spot where he fell off of) and just how many of those individuals walked away from that spot versus falling from it! I bet we would discover that 99.9% of the visitors to that site, walked away from it. What lessons then, can we take away from those who fell from this spot?
Concerned about Tax dollars August 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
its kinda simple put a sign up that says " go past this point and you will die ! " .. people are gonna do whatever they are going to do regardless of fences..
shimon baum August 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Wow its almost like the safety barriers are there for a reason.


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