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A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a Thursday morning field trip climbed over a railing, jumped — possibly on a dare by fellow classmates — and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.

Most jumpers die a grisly death, with massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding, while others drown.

But the 17-year-old lived, suffering just a broken tailbone and torn lung. He was rescued by a surfer who paddled over and took him ashore, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said.

“It’s a miracle in itself,” Rardin said. “The majority of folks do not survive this type of fall.”

Windsor Unified School District Superintendent Bill McDermott said he didn’t think the teen was trying to commit suicide, but instead jumped after other students from Windsor High School in Sonoma County urged him on. Students saw the teen go over the railing.

Someone leaps off the iconic bridge an average of once every two weeks — last year, 32 jumpers died. About 98 percent of those plunges end up being fatal and authorities rule most of those deaths suicides.

The Marin County Coroner’s Office and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District have said that up to 1,500 people have died after jumping off the bridge since it opened in 1937.

Last fall, transportation officials approved $5 million in federal funding to design a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Plans include a stainless steel net that would hang below the span.


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22 Comments!

  1. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 1:27 am |

    possibly on a dare by fellow classmates
    You mean “bullied??!!!?” Bullied by children of San Fransisco liberals?

  2. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 1:39 am |

    They believe one of the nuclear plant in Japan has exploded. Video here
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  3. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 1:48 am |

    Some are saying it is just a release of steam?

  4. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 1:52 am |

    Second video shows more of an explosion.

  5. accipiter NW
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 2:29 am |

    Damn, DblU. I keep thinking of the worst case scenario, and I hope this recent explosion is the worst (fingers crossed) but that map and the fact that Japan was trying to use the Jet Stream to a military advantage a while ago creeps me out.

  6. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:16 am |


    Priorities, get them in order.

  7. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 7:39 am |

    I came across this link about the above map.

  8. Melissa In Texas
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 8:27 am |

    Oh shiiiiiit.

  9. Melissa In Texas
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:18 am |

    TUA… that video is just haunting. I cannot even imagine jumping…
    *shudder*

  10. DougM
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:23 am |

    24-hr rule: latest news is that the explosion was from hydrogen buildup outside the containment vessel. So far, no breach of the steel containment vessel. Good luck, y’all.

    Re: jet stream map.
    That’s how the Japanese managed to attack the US mainland with balloons in WWII.

  11. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:29 am |

    Water gets pretty hard when you hit it square on at 81 mph.

  12. Melissa In Texas
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:30 am |

    Doug… Japan has just issued a State of Atomic Emergency

  13. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:33 am |

    I left my lung….in… San Francisco…

  14. Melissa In Texas
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:34 am |

    LSP….
    You are soooo sick :)

  15. DoubleU
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:48 am |

    My sister says she finally heard or got some message from her daughter but I didn’t get much detail. I guess my niece is fine and wasn’t affected by the quake.

  16. Clinically Insane
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:48 am |

    That was a pretty heavy explosion. :(

    As for the kid on the bridge… Well, his mom can’t ask “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” anymore.

  17. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 11:18 am |

    Kid is gonna regret it that he has to take off his T-shirt to take a crap—for the rest of his life…

  18. sablegsd
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm |

    I object to spending 5 million. Let ‘em jump.

  19. mojo
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm |

    Don’t believe everything you see on the news. The media are morons.

  20. Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:15 am |

    “As for the kid on the bridge… Well, his mom can’t ask “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” anymore.”

    And all the others’ mothers better not say that…

  21. DougM
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 8:52 am |

    The kids who encouraged this jackass need some serious ass-kickin’. If he’d'a died … prison time.

  22. Posted March 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |

    DougM,
    I disagree. The only one who deserves an ass kicking is the kid who jumped. Sure, peers egged him on. But he’s still the jackwagon who jumped.

    As for $5 million to erect a barrier–how much for a giant bug-zapper, that would hang below the bridge, which would catch, and fry, the jumpers? Bet that’d be a bigger deterrent than a safety net.

    Or, make the net escape-proof. You jump, it catches you, you starve to death. No “over quickly.” No “gracefull dive into oblivion.” Just ugly, skinny, miserable creatures. No way to be rescued, either. That would also reduce the rate of jumpers.

    Or, simply make rescues illegal. You jump, you decided to die, your decision is respected.