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16-year-old girl survives suicide attempt off Golden Gate Bridge

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16-year-old girl survives suicide attempt off Golden Gate Bridge

Jorge Hernandez April 19, 2011

Golden Gate Transit District spokeswoman, Mary Currie, has confirmed that the 16-year-old girl who fell from the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday morning was attempting suicide, according to a new report from Reuters.

The girl was found "conscious and responsive" underneath the San Francisco bridge and taken into a Coast Guard boat. She was then transferred to a hospital.

Each year, the Golden Gate Bridge is the site of many suicide attempts, which are often successful. In 2010, there were 75 people who attempted but did not complete their suicide jumps from the 270-foot-high bridge, as well as 25 confirmed suicides, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway Transportation District.

"It's a pretty common occurrence. Its very uncommon for somebody to survive it, and although I don't know what this young person's condition is, apparently she survived this," said Mindy Talmadge, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department.

The girl, who has not been identified, was taken to Marin General Hospital and was conscious when the Coast Guard pulled her from the water.

According to ABC News, falling from a height such as the Golden Gate Bridge is equivalent to falling 25 stories in 4 seconds. Most people's bodies cannot survive the 75 miles per hour impact against the water.

A 17-year-old boy also leaped from the bridge in March of this year. He survived, was helped by a 55-year-old surfer named Frederic Lecouturier and then transferred to San Francisco General Hospital.

"I told him you fricken' idiot how could you do this? God gave you life you don't just chance it to throw away," said Lecouturier, according to ABC.