A video shot on Memorial Day of a man jumping into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor near Fells Point, drawing disgust from locals on social media.
While some people sat on benches near the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, practicing social distancing and enjoying the warm Memorial Day weather, one man celebrated the holiday a bit differently.
In a video circulating on Twitter, taken by Baltimore Sun reporter Thalia Juarez, he is seen running toward, then jumping into the Harbor’s water Monday around 6 p.m. as he seemingly shouts in delight. The man disappears off camera for about 20 seconds and then reappears as he hoists himself up a ladder and back onto land.
“Well, I think that went well,” the man is heard saying.
According to tweets, the man told bystanders he was taking the leap “for his grandchildren.”
There is an ongoing harbor initiative supported by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore that has aimed at making the harbor “swimmable and fishable” by 2020 — widely considered an aspirational goal.
This is not the first time someone has jumped into the harbor.