standard Golden Gate Bridge suicides and deaths

Despite the positives , Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular place to comit suicide in the entire world . Golden Gate Bridge suicides made the story for a documentary film in 2006 , called The Bridge . The deck is 245 feet high and the jumpers hit the whater with about 76 mph , at this speed most of them die at the impact and the ones who survive the impact generally drown or die of hypothermia in the very cold water (47 °F – 8 °).

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Deaths and suicides

Golden Gate Bridge deaths are counted in an official suicide count which exceeded 1200 in 2005 and in 2006 one suicide happened every two weeks . The second most popular place to commit suicide is Aokigahara Forest , in Japan with an average of 30 every year . Only in 2006 there were 34 suicide jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge where the bodies were founded and more jumps were witnessed but no bodies found . The California Highway Patrol removed 70 apparently suicidal people from the bridge that year , if you want to count these too .

There is no official number of the suicides commited from 1937 because many of them were not witnessed , but it seems to be a big number . People even travel to San Francisco to jump off the bridge , police often found rental cars in the nearby parking lots . The death rate of the jumps is 98% – in 2006 , 26 was the number of those who jumped and didn’t die . However they have been lucky to strike the water with their feet first , but they suffered internal injuries or broken bones .

Golden Gate Bridge message

Golden Gate Bridge message

Various methods have been proposed and implemented to reduce the number of suicides. The bridge is fitted with suicide hotline telephones, and staff patrol the bridge in carts, looking for people who appear to be planning to jump. Iron workers on the bridge also volunteer their time to prevent suicides by talking or wrestling down suicidal people. The suicide bridge is now closed to pedestrians at night. Cyclists are still permitted across at night, but must be buzzed in and out through the remotely controlled security gates. Attempts to introduce a suicide barrier had been thwarted by engineering difficulties, high costs, and public opposition. One recurring proposal had been to build a barrier to replace or augment the low railing, a component of the bridge’s original architectural design. New barriers have eliminated suicides at other landmarks around the world, but were opposed for the Golden Gate Bridge for reasons of cost, aesthetics, and safety (the load from a poorly designed barrier could significantly affect the bridge’s structural integrity during a strong windstorm).

Suicide Bridge

Strong appeals for a suicide barrier, fence, or other preventive measures were raised once again by a well-organized vocal minority of psychiatry professionals, suicide barrier consultants, and families of jumpers after the release of the controversial 2006 documentary film The Bridge, in which filmmaker Eric Steel and his production crew spent one year (2004) filming the bridge from several vantage points, in order to film actual suicide jumps. The film caught 23 jumps, most notably that of Gene Sprague as well as a handful of thwarted attempts.

On October 10, 2008, the Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors voted 14 to 1 to install a plastic-covered stainless-steel net below the bridge as a suicide deterrent. The net will extend 20 feet (6 m) on either side of the bridge and is expected to cost $40–50 million to complete. However, lack of funding could delay the net’s construction.

The Golden Gate Bridge suicides and deaths don’t scary the tourists , but even make the bridge one of the most photgraphed attraction in San Francisco . For more information about the bridge please visit The Golden Gate Bridge page here .

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