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Calif. teen survives plunge off Golden Gate Bridge
AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 10, 11:13 PM EST

Posted on 03/10/2011 8:30:05 PM PST by quantim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: california; goldengatebridge; suicide

1 posted on 03/10/2011 8:30:08 PM PST by quantim
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To: quantim

All of the Bay Area bridges seem to attract a lot of goodbye cruel world jumpers each year. It’s like the lemmings of the sea out here.


2 posted on 03/10/2011 8:32:54 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: quantim

A broken tail bone?


3 posted on 03/10/2011 8:34:47 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: quantim
just a broken tailbone and torn lung

It's not everyday that you hear this line...

4 posted on 03/10/2011 8:35:38 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Paleo Conservative

“A broken tail bone?”

They leave more than their heart in San Francisco.


5 posted on 03/10/2011 8:36:11 PM PST by howlinhound (Live your life so that, when you get up in the morning, Satan says, "Oh Crap!..He's awake" - Unknown)
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To: Paleo Conservative
A broken tail bone?

He did a can opener.

6 posted on 03/10/2011 8:36:28 PM PST by Minn
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To: quantim

Praise be, I’m not sure he deserved to survive.


7 posted on 03/10/2011 8:37:22 PM PST by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Paleo Conservative
A broken tail bone?

CAUTION: Jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge can be a real pain in the ass.

8 posted on 03/10/2011 8:39:12 PM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: Celtic Cross

I have driven across it probably a dozen times and it scares the **** out of me. I see people walking across or riding their bike and I think they are insane.

Somebody was watching over this dopey kid. He has no idea how lucky he is and how lucky the surfer was there to save him.


9 posted on 03/10/2011 8:40:11 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: quantim

Here’s a link to another article with a video.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8006670


10 posted on 03/10/2011 8:43:34 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Minn

Diver’s Coccyx pierces his lung?
That would be an eye opening headline!


11 posted on 03/10/2011 8:43:35 PM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: Minn

Are you sure that didn’t happen elsewhere in SF?


12 posted on 03/10/2011 8:44:25 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: quantim
Well this case seems like a stupid dare than suicide, but its a problem for high bridges everywhere, they put up neting of sorts for this very reason along the Bloor St bridge here in Toronto, seems this is what they are going to do for the Golden gate bridge too, or something similar:


13 posted on 03/10/2011 8:47:01 PM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: quantim
possibly on a dare by fellow classmates - and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay

Possibly won the dare, in your face fellow classmates!

14 posted on 03/10/2011 8:48:57 PM PST by OCC
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To: quantim

Already being discussed just a dozen links down...

=8-)


15 posted on 03/10/2011 8:50:33 PM PST by =8 mrrabbit 8=
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To: quantim
Tampa Bay's Sunshine Skyway Bridge jumper pool. The website has been around for years.
16 posted on 03/10/2011 8:53:16 PM PST by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: Minn
*He did a can opener.*

Bad entry after a full gainer.

17 posted on 03/10/2011 8:54:26 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: NautiNurse


18 posted on 03/10/2011 8:58:34 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim
Kids do the damndest things.

Here's a bridge that is 50 feet less in height, that will take him out of the gene poll before he procreates,

Guaranteed to be a Darwin Award Winner.

I used to be afraid to drive across this sucker. ;~))

It is a beautiful structure however,

19 posted on 03/10/2011 9:06:05 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: quantim

Howdy! Good to see you this fine evening!


20 posted on 03/10/2011 9:06:34 PM PST by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: Paleo Conservative

“A broken tail bone?”

Yes, they pulled it out of his mouth when they reached shore.


21 posted on 03/10/2011 9:12:29 PM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Paleo Conservative

“A broken tail bone?”

Yeah. You’d be surprised. I’ve done some cliff diving, or rather cliff jumping, and when you hit the water it’s like a power enema. Sorry for the graphic.


22 posted on 03/10/2011 9:14:52 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: NautiNurse

You are probably getting ready for tornadoes as a preface to hurricanes, but it’s snowing up here. Rest easy friend.

It will all average out. ;-)


23 posted on 03/10/2011 9:15:39 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

LOL—had to bundle up tonight for a Spring Training baseball game. Unseasonably chilly weather. Golf tomorrow. Cheers!


24 posted on 03/10/2011 9:20:26 PM PST by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: quantim
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

If so, the kid's a fool who should be monitored carefully for the rest of his childhood so he doesn't play on the freeway or climb into the tiger enclosure at the zoo. And if his classmates really dared him to do this, they're malicious idiots who don't mind seeing someone die to get their Beavis-and-Butthead giggles.
25 posted on 03/10/2011 9:40:05 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Celtic Cross

“Praise be, I’m not sure he deserved to survive.”

He is 17, cut him some slack.


26 posted on 03/10/2011 10:06:17 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: quantim

He probably landed head first and no vital organs were damaged.


27 posted on 03/10/2011 10:41:18 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: quantim

This is a field trip chaperone’s nightmare.


28 posted on 03/10/2011 11:32:27 PM PST by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: quantim
When I was in my twenties I was walking across the Bklyn Bridge. I KNEW people had been killed jumping from the span yet it looked eminently doable to me.Who knows, at 17 I might have tried it.
29 posted on 03/11/2011 4:30:00 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: battousai

That’s a neat pic. Do you have any technical data on it? It looks like a HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo.


30 posted on 03/11/2011 8:20:01 AM PST by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Erasmus
Yeah I was just googling for a suitable picture and came across it, here is the original photographer's Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wunderlich/3668390187/

Indeed it does appear to be an HDR shot but not much more info, been playing around a little bit with HDR myself, but haven't had the time to delve more :)
31 posted on 03/11/2011 8:56:34 AM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: quantim

There’s an incredible documentary about people committing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. Recommend you find it if you haven’t seen it.


32 posted on 03/11/2011 10:46:14 AM PST by bkepley
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