UPDATE: Board rules no violation.
A Brighton man who celebrated his 24th birthday last month by taking a leap into Boston Harbor from the top of Legal Harborside on Northern Avenue got the restaurant hauled before the Boston Licensing Board today to explain how it will keep that from happening again.
Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien of District C-6 told the board the man made the jump around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 on a dare from friends helping him celebrate his birthday. He slipped out of his sandals before throwing himself off the deck, Legal attorney Richard Heller added.
O'Brien noted the rooftop deck is 35-40 feet above the water - and that the guy also had to make it over a boardwalk that extends 15 feet out from the restaurant.
"I don't know how this man was not killed," O'Brien marveled, adding the guy was fine when he got out of the water. He was also promptly arrested by patrolling state troopers, who proved less amused at the stunt than his friends.
Heller said the man, at least, was not drunk: He'd had four drinks - but over a 5 1/2-hour period as he and his friends celebrated. "There was no evidence of intoxication," he said.
Heller said this is the first time in the restaurant's five-year history anybody has ever tried this and that it happened so quickly it's unlikely he could've been stopped.
Heller said that Legal Harborside already had four security guards on the deck. As a result of the jump, one of them is now permanently based right at the harbor side of the deck, with a clear view to the other side.
In years past, Seaport visitors seeking a refreshing nightcap were more drawn to the decks of Whiskey Priest and the Atlantic Beer Garden.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take about the incident.