Golden Gate (7)

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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woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 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
9 985 1499 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 9 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 Plus
12 84 Sweden
6 Mar 2008 6:38AM
Harsh numbers but a lovely upload especially the DOF on #1

User_Removed Junior Member 10 16 England
6 Mar 2008 8:02AM
Excellent series and interesting reportage
digipix76 9 577 England
6 Mar 2008 10:16AM
Top work again Ty.

Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
6 Mar 2008 12:22PM
Very sobering statistics. Your v1 seems to echo the dispair they must feel. Excellent work.
Grim1 9 49 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 12:58PM
Very chilling detail. Thanks for posting.
Snapper_T 12 862 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 10 5 12 Wales
7 Mar 2008 12:48AM
Interesting statistics together with some nice exposures. Pleased to give you the 30th cl.
Rogerex 10 32 12 Australia
7 Mar 2008 11:55AM
More great photos! Interesting, and sad to hear the latest statistics too.
RockArea 10 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.

8 Mar 2008 9:45PM
Sad statistics,
JohnH37 10 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 14 11 4 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 2:07PM
good use of the light - good detail.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 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 12 223 South Africa
25 Mar 2008 3:50AM
Such a good composition!!!

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