At least 35 jumped to death from Golden Gate Bridge in 2007

The Marin County coroner's office today reported at least 35 people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2007.

The number of jumpers is current as of Dec. 15 and is an increase from last year's 29 bridge suicides. There were 21 in 2005.

Coroner Ken Holmes said the figure could rise for two reasons: “In some cases, we have no body, yet there is good reason to believe a jump occurred,” he said. “In addition, other jurisdictions have bodies with injuries consistent with a bridge jump, yet the place of death has not been finally determined.”

The numbers have slowly increased over the last few years since 2000, when there were just 11 bridge suicides.

“The magnitude of this problem on the Golden Gate Bridge is really troubling,” said Holmes. “I believe in the 70 years the span has been open, we have seen at least 1,300 suicides. No other structure or public building in the world has come close to that figure.”

Holmes said the Bridge District reports that last year at least 80 suicidal people were convinced not to jump by California Highway Patrol officers.

He said, “Many of these people were literally talked back over the short railing.”

Over the last 10 years, about 85 percent of the bridge suicides were Bay Area residents, according to the coroner's office.

The Golden Gate Bridge is believed to be a popular place to commit suicide because of the easy access offered by the short railing along the pedestrian walkway, the coroner's office said.

In almost 70 years, only 27 people have reportedly survived the jump.

Bay City News

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