Girl, 16, survives jump from Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:15pm EDT

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl who attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has survived the fall, authorities said on Monday.

The teen was found "conscious and responsive" beneath the suspension bridge at about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read told Reuters.

She was pulled from the San Francisco Bay into a Coast Guard boat and taken to a nearby hospital, where the extent of her injuries was unclear.

A spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Transit District confirmed that the girl, who was not identified by authorities, jumped from the bridge in a bid to take her own life.

"It was in fact a suicide attempt," spokeswoman Mary Currie said.

According to statistics kept by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, each year dozens of people attempt to kill themselves by jumping off the bridge, which is about 270 feet above the water at mid-span.

In 2010, according to the district, there were 25 confirmed suicides at the bridge. Another 75 people were stopped from jumping.

"It's a pretty common occurrence," San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

"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," Talmadge said.

In March, a 17-year-old boy survived a leap from the span with only bruises. Talmadge said the boy apparently jumped "for kicks" and was not attempting suicide.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis)

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