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By TyChee    
The Golden Gate Bridge is a frequent site for suicide. After a fall of approximately four seconds jumpers hit the water at 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), which is nearly always fatal.

An official suicide count was kept, sorted according to which of the bridge's 128 lamp posts the jumper was nearest to when he or she jumped. The count exceeded 1,200 when the count ended in 2005, and new suicides were averaging one every two weeks. There were 34 bridge jump suicides in 2006 whose bodies were recovered, in addition to four jumps which were witnessed but whose bodies were never recovered, and several bodies recovered suspected to be from bridge jumps. The California Highway Patrol removed seventy apparently suicidal people from the bridge that year. Currently, it is said that a person jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge every 15 days.


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Tags: Photo journalism Bridge Architecture San francisco Golden gate Landscape and travel

Voters: woolybill1, johnriley1uk, mrswoolybill and 43 more

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woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 12:13AM
What a fabulous destination for a photographic essay! You have included everything from the widest panorama to the minutest detail. Excellent work.

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6 Mar 2008 12:13AM
Great close-up of light and barbed wire.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 12:14AM
I like the combination of statistics, razor wire and a tiny beacon of light. Oh, and an excellent picture.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Mar 2008 1:20AM
Good images to go with your text.Suicides are a problem on the railway too.What is not generally realised is the drivers life is ''over'' too.I have worked in the railway for 7 years.Of the dozens of suicides that have occurred,not one driver has returned to work,due to the shock and trauma.A good bit of photo journalism here Ty.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
6 Mar 2008 6:38AM
Harsh numbers but a lovely upload especially the DOF on #1

User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
6 Mar 2008 8:02AM
Excellent series and interesting reportage
digipix76 11 577 England
6 Mar 2008 10:16AM
Top work again Ty.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
6 Mar 2008 12:22PM
Very sobering statistics. Your v1 seems to echo the dispair they must feel. Excellent work.
Grim1 11 49 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 12:58PM
Very chilling detail. Thanks for posting.
Snapper_T 13 866 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 5:40PM
You always produce an interesting series of photo's Ty. This one included!

6 Mar 2008 6:08PM
What a fabulous shot, everything about it is perfect.......a very sobering tale to go with it though
6 Mar 2008 8:59PM
I think Bill has expressed things as eloquently as is possible - this is a fascinating, if sad end (?) to a great sequence of images Ty.

One day perhaps I will visit!

Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
7 Mar 2008 12:48AM
Interesting statistics together with some nice exposures. Pleased to give you the 30th cl.
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
7 Mar 2008 11:55AM
More great photos! Interesting, and sad to hear the latest statistics too.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2008 4:16PM
You're right about the 'nearly always fatal', Ty. There are a number of survivors and studies have been done about them to learn about suicide. good to see the smaller details of this bridge.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2008 9:45PM
Sad statistics,
JohnH37 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2008 10:48PM
Interesting photos and description.
10 Mar 2008 1:31PM
All great shots, Ty. I think they need to vary the placement of the sign in #3.
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A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 2:07PM
good use of the light - good detail.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Mar 2008 3:30PM
Good grief...4 seconds! That's a long drop, man. Good shots and thanks for the info.

sugarbird 13 223 South Africa
25 Mar 2008 3:50AM
Such a good composition!!!

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