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Teen Girl Survives 220 ft Plunge Off Golden Gate Bridge


"around 1,400 people have lept from the bridge since it opened in 1937"

SAN FRANCISCO (The Blaze/AP) -- Officials say a 16-year-old girl has survived a fall from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge -- a plunge they are reluctant to call a suicide attempt.

The Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard say the girl was in the water for 20 minutes Sunday before being pulled to safety conscious and responsive.

She was transported to Marin General Hospital but her condition wasn't immediately available.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that it's not known if the girl jumped or fell.

Officials say about 25 people per year die in jumps from the bridge, roughly 200 feet above the water. And according to the Daily Mail, "around 1,400 people have leapt from the bridge since it opened in 1937, and 98 per cent of them have died. Only a handful have ever walked again."

The Mail also says a person already in the water kept the girl afloat.

In March, a 17-year-old boy survived after leaping from the bridge. Officials don't believe it was a suicide attempt.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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