‘Dare’ teenager survives Golden Gate Bridge leap

Dozens each year die plunging from the bridge.
Dozens each year die plunging from the bridge.
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A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a field trip climbed over a railing, jumped – possibly after a dare by fellow classmates – and somehow survived the 220ft plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.

Most jumpers die from massive internal injuries, but the 17-year-old suffered just a broken coccyx and torn lung.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said he was rescued by a surfer who paddled out to bring the teenager to shore.

Windsor Unified School District Supt Bill McDermott said it was not thought 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.