Student survives bridge plunge
Published 11/03/2011 | 04:56
A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a field trip climbed over a railing, jumped - possibly on a dare by fellow classmates - and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.
Most jumpers die a grisly death, with massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding, while others drown.
But the 17-year-old lived, suffering just a broken coccyx and torn lung. California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said he was rescued by a surfer.
Windsor Unified School District Supt Bill McDermott said he does not think the teenager was trying to commit suicide.
The teenager was taken to a San Francisco hospital, but officials could not provide further details on his condition.