Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Survivors: Miracle or Luck?

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A suicidal 16-year-old girl took the 220-foot plunge off the Golden Gate Bridge and has lived to tell the tale. The girl was visiting San Francisco with her family and handed her sister a suicide note before leaping from the landmark, police said Monday.

The bridge is a very common suicide spot, unfortunately, but 98 percent of people who make the leap don't live. This girl was conscious and taken safely out of the water 20 minutes after her jump after a sailboat saw her and came to her rescue. She has a bruised back and a punctured lung, but is expected to survive.

This comes on the heels of last month's story where a 17-year-old boy made the same leap on a dare (HUH?) and survived the fall. Are these miraculous signs or just moronic teenagers who got very lucky?

Certainly, this is terribly sad since it sounds like this girl may have jumped on purpose (though that isn't confirmed, despite the suicide note). This incredibly young girl was so despondent that she thought jumping to what seems like a very painful death was the solution.

The other boy was clearly just seeking some kind of Jackass adrenaline rush. Either way, the question is why is more not being done to stop the suicides on this bridge? Why does this even seem like a viable solution?

The bridge was built in 1937 and is called the number one spot in the world. At least one person jumps to their death every two weeks. But why? Why this painful, dramatic way to go? More than 1,200 people had jumped and the grand majority have died.

This little girl is very, very lucky. The boy before her was just very, very stupid. And both stories make it clear that something is very, very wrong with teenagers today.

I hope she gets the help she needs and that this is her last attempt to jump off any bridge.

Does this story freak you out?

 

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Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

This story doesn't freak me out at all.  The sheer number of people who grow up in the city from children to adults that live very happy lives far outweigh the two jumpers.  If the girl's family didn't go visit the city, and she was truly that depressed, she would have found a different way to try to kill her self and probably would have succeeded and we would have heard about her tragic death in a different article.  I think saying there is a problem with today's teenagers because two kids jumped off the bridge is a huge overreaction.  Sometimes things just happen at or around the same time.  It doesn't mean we are going to see a trend of teenagers leaping off the Golden Gate bridge either in hopes of dying or on a stupid dare.

nonmember avatar Anon

"Why this painful, dramatic way to go?" - I've thought about this and my impression is that they do not want anyone they care about (such as family and/or friends) to have to go through the additional trauma that would result (and likely never be forgotten) from discovering (and having to deal with) their lifeless body.

jalaz77 jalaz77

No. I hope that girl gets the help she needs. Since she is so young she will more likely try this again, suicide. She has a long road ahead of her...

nonmember avatar Nathan

you'd probably wouldn't feel it before you hit the water because your body would go into shock. therefore the end result wouldn't be pain

ilove... ilovemyboys84

i hope she gets the help that she needs and her family as well

Scorp... ScorpioDee

If they wanna jump, let them...

nonmember avatar Zak

You have to understand what depression left untreated dose to your mind, I have been there and felt loss of any hope and thoughts of not thinking anymore is the only thoughts, I'm glad there's treatment for others like myself but the impulse is a trigger that others can't understand, I wish everyone would would just think passed the pain, lifes priceless and help for depression is out there.

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