of The World Trade Center Collapse who "Surfed" or
"Rode" a Steel Beam Down-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
There are various
reports. One says that a man "rode" the steel beams
down as one of the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed on
September 11, 2001. Another says that a firefighter
"surfed" down to the street from the 82nd floor on a piece
of debris and survived. There are
The story is not true as described. There isn't any evidence
that anyone fell from the upper floors of either tower and
Some reports say this may be related to a true story of a Port
Authority officer named John McLaughlin. He was at ground
level handing air packs to rescuers going into one of the towers
when the tower collapsed. He was found alive the next day.
Also, one of the stories from workers at ground zero, the story of Seth
Castleman, makes reference to the man who rode a piece of debris
to the ground. This was apparently rumored among rescuers, but
has never been found to be true.