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golden gate jumpers

updated: 10.20.20
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know of a golden gate bridge jumper?
10.20.20, Ramona, Palm springs, Unfortunately I cannot jump since the bridge is being fixed. That was last hope/dream from all the miserable life I have suffered since being born. Having been mistreated and abused death would have been the answer to finally rest in peace.
07.08.15, male
07.08.15, Lisa K., Berkeley, CA., Horrified to learn my sweetest friend and neighbor, a good-hearted Irishman, has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, today, 7-8-15. Bereft over his own losses, Joe was there for me with mine. He stood with me at my late father's bedside almost a year ago. PLEASE do a kind deed for another in Joe's memory. RIP, dear Joe. You embodied kindness. I will never forget you. Sending you love.
02.03.15, 2:40pm, female
02.03.15, joe m., San Francisco, (2:40pm, female), I was working at a restaurant construction site right by the northbound toll booth area, police sped as i was about to drive across so i was curious. As I reached about midway between the spans i saw the cluster of police and firemen and on the outside of the rail a younger dark haired woman wearing a purple top. I stopped at the vista point out of interest in how this would unfold and saw the coast guard vessels and other watercraft in the water below her. I snapped a few pictures on my phone.

02.01.15, 9:00am
02.01.15, korena, sac, ca., (9:00am, hit water), We saw what looked to be a person falling into the water yesterday. Then there was a boat circling around entry point and shot a flare. that went on for about 45 min or so.
03.10.11, stupidity
03.11.11,, SAN FRANCISCO -- A 17-year-old boy on a field trip with his Sonoma County high school class leaped from the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday, but survived and was able to swim to shore with a surfer who went out to rescue him, authorities said.
The boy is a junior at Windsor High School whom officials did not identify because of his age. Some students said he might have leaped to impress his classmates, but for now the California Highway Patrol is investigating the matter as an attempted suicide, said CHP Officer Chris Rardin.
The boy jumped at 11:15 a.m. from the east sidewalk near the south tower, the CHP said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was expected to survive.
Some witnesses said he broke his tailbone and damaged his lungs in the fall, but a Windsor Unified School District press release said he suffered no severe injuries beyond bruising and tenderness. Hospital officials said they cannot release specific information.
Frederic Lecouturier, 55, said he was surfing under the bridge when he saw the boy drop into the waves.
"I thought, 'Well, he's going to die,' and then it was a miracle when he popped up alive," said Lecouturier, of San Rafael. "I paddled out there, and he told me he jumped 'for kicks.'
"That's when I lost it and told him what he did was wrong, that life is precious, and he should not take risks like that. I mean, he's a kid, he's got his whole life ahead of him."
Lecouturier said the boy was about 5 feet tall, "built like a wrestler" and had a brown ponytail. "There was a stiff wind coming out of the south, and I think that broke his fall and helped save him," he said.
Surviving the drop was remarkable considering the spot the student leaped from is more than 200 feet off the water - and 99 percent of the estimated 1,500-plus people who have jumped from the bridge since it opened in 1937 died from the fall.
Seven people have jumped to their deaths from the bridge this year, officials estimate. Last year, the count was 32.
Golden Gate Bridge District spokeswoman Mary Currie said the number of people attempting suicide off the span has grown from about 20 a year in the early 2000s to about 30 annually in the past few years.
The district has plans to install safety nets on the bridge, but the final design is not complete and the installation is a couple of years away at best, Currie said.
Rumors tore through the student body and the common thread was that it appeared the boy jumped of his own accord and that onlookers were upset by the experience. The boy recently transferred from another school, many said.
"He did it to try to look cool," said one classmate, who did not want to be identified. "He said he'd jumped off bridges before." Another student who said he was on the scene tweeted that students tried to stop the boy before he leaped.
Rardin said the boy jumped as he was walking on the bridge with about 45 other students on a school field trip.
"I've heard a bunch of things about how this happened, but we haven't come to a conclusion yet," he said. "I do know he's very lucky to be alive." (there are several hundred comments following the story.)
09.02.08, 9:00pm, female
09.08.08, tee, phili, pa., (09.02.08, 9pm, female), dahlia jumped off the golden gate bridge in san francisco, ca last tues nite sept 2, 2008...they have not found her body yet and had a memorial svc today. can anybody help me find info in any newspapers re: her jump? she was in her 30's and single. my heart has been broken.
1995, male
Navy Corpsman Lee
09.08.08, John M., Fresno, regarding: Navy Corpsman Lee, Please help as he was my friend but I did not know his first name. It was 1995 not exactly sure the month. His last name is Lee. (anyone?)
05.10.89, male
03.04.03, michael j., Occidental, CA., 05.10.89, I jumped of the golden gate bridge and it was a mad rush. After a half a second I blacked out and I then awoke in a car. It was so crazy. Nothing was wrong. just some bruses. I loved it.
03.13.88: full article
11.13.09, Dreamer, Las Vegas, NV., (12.1982, male, died, body never found), My uncle jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. Body was never recovered, but he DID jump. It was late at night, December of 1982, I think. He was coming home from playing cards. The Bridge was not on his way home....he made a detour. He car was recovered from the north side of the bridge, in the parking lot.
07.30.81: full article
10.08.79: full article
Tullia Tesauro
02.18.17, Barry Young, Los Angeles, CA, My beloved Sister-In-Law. Very, very sad.
Louis Sales, 29
03.14.19, Louis, San Antonio, Texas, He was driving along in a panel van and witnesses said he stopped in the middle of traffic and calmly jumped. His death cert shows "Jump from Golden gate Bridge" and his body was found in SF Bay with multiple traumatic injuries. I never got over it in all these years and only share this for him.
1970? or 1971?
Michelle S.
399th jumper off golden gate. I wish I could've been there to help her somehow. The young toddler she left behind that day has grown up to be a wonderful man, father, a beautiful wife (K), and happens to be my best friend. And not a day goes by he doesn't think of his Mom and wonder Why? And Loves you to this day. For him and for you I wish I could've helped you somehow. later: And she wasn't from the States, neither was his Dad. They came over from England. I understand there were problems between them, and I "think" she may have had postpartum depression. Which wasn't a thing back then really. And all that, a new country, new baby, and no real friends yet - she was depressed, alone, and a brand new Mom with her Marriage falling apart, living somewhere far from the home she knew, and friends & family to turn to. I wish help was available back then, it could have saved her? And saved him years of wondering & heartache.  
Barbara Baker
09.22.20, Kristin C., Berkeley Ca. Alameda, regarding: Barbara Baker
The police chief of Berkeley Ca.s wife. In 1969. They were my neighbor across the street, John Baker police chief of Berkeley, California had Bloodhounds & random aggressive Geese.
1965 or 1966
Walter Weeks
03.30.19, Harriet K., Oakland, CA.
01.11.65: full article
Mid 1960
07.26.20, Mark, Boulder Colorado, regarding: Mid 1960, I witnessed a person jumping to their death from below the bridge. I was at the Fort Point walkway outside the fort looking up. The sight and sound of that very few seconds has stayed with me, like it just happened moments ago. All I know is from the paper is a woman jumped that day. To this day 2020 I wish I knew her name and could have talked to her and maybe she could have found help. Rest In Peace, I have prayed for you since that day. ❤️
James Donald Ross
08.24.20, Margaret G., Berkeley, CA, S.F. News, Wed Jan 30, 1957 reads:
Cab Driver Leaps From Gate Span: A 54-year-old cab driver leaped to his death last night from the Golden Gate Bridge. He was the 166th known suicide from the span.
The Coast Guard recovered the body of James D. Ross, of 1325 Pine-st, just 12 minutes after a highway patrolman flashed word that a motorist had seen a man go over the side.
Ross left no notes, but his mother, Mrs. Caroline Ross, 87, said he had been worried about losing his job.
He was my great uncle.
Hugh Frasher Cunningham
10.02.18, anon, jumped off the golden gate bridge He was my grandfather 1954 i think is when he jumped.
02.06.48: full article
07.24.45: full article
02.17.37: full article
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