The Golden Gate Bridge

A lot of people seem to choose this bridge to commit suicide, this is no recent thing at all. People have mysteriously died on the bridge or committed suicide by jumping off of the massive bridge. It’s said that even workers building the bridge in 1933 died during the construction. These strange events have never stopped, it’s said at least 1 person every 2 weeks jump off the bridge till this day. Even with all the new precautions being taken to prevent people from jumping. Why do so many people choose this bridge? Is it symbolic to some people?

Between 1937 and 2012, an estimated 1,600 bodies were recovered of people who had jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, located in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States.

The impact is tremendous. The body goes from roughly 75 to 80 mph to nearly zero in a nanosecond. The physics of inertia being what they are, internal organs tend to keep going. The force of impact causes them to tear loose. Autopsy reports typically indicate that the jumpers have lacerated aortas, livers, spleens and hearts. Ribs are often broken, and the impact shoves them into the heart or lungs. Jumpers have broken sternums, clavicles, pelvises and necks. Skull fractures are common.

Which means you die one of two ways, or a combination of both. One, you hit the water and the impact kills you. Sometimes the jumper is knocked unconscious. Other times, the jumper survives for a time. The person can be seen flailing about in the water, trying to stay afloat, only to succumb to the extensive internal bleeding. Death can take seconds or minutes. Two, you drown. You hit the water going fast, and your body plunges in deep. Conscious or otherwise, you breathe in saltwater and asphyxiate.

“Some people seem to think that jumping off the bridge is a light, airy way to end your life, like going to join the angels,” said Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes, talking in the reception area of the coroner’s office in San Rafael. “I’d like to dispel that myth. When you jump off the bridge, you hit the water hard. It’s not a pretty death.”

One of Holmes’ investigators, Darrell Harris, walks by at that moment and overhears. “Yup,” he says. “Multiple blunt-force trauma.”

In other words, you die the same way as someone hit by a car.

Holmes’ office investigates nearly every bridge jumper. It works like this: The Coast Guard responds to reports of jumpers. The Coast Guard returns to Fort Baker with the body. International maritime law says wherever a body first touches land, that jurisdiction is responsible.

The number of jumpers varies year to year now. Occasionally, a body will wash out to sea or come to land on the San Francisco side, so the number of bodies found doesn’t necessarily reflect the total number of suicides off the bridge. 

There are people who are seen jumping but whose bodies are not found. It’s also thought that some people manage to slip over the side undetected despite surveillance cameras.

A number of measures are in place to discourage people from jumping, including telephone hotlines and patrols by emergency personnel and bridge workers. Although it had previously been considered impractical to build a suicide barrier, in 2014 the Bridge’s directors approved a proposal for a net below the bridge’s deck, extending out either side, rather than side barriers at the railings as had long been proposed.

I say stay the fuck away from the bridge if you can.. 

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