Thursday, July 9, 2009


Yesterday, a fellow ended his life by jumping from the Sunshine Skyway bridge. It was the 4th jump this year.
On average, since this new bridge opened up, about 13 people jump a year. Most die, but usually what happens first is that they hit the water, break a bunch of bones and rupture organs and then they drown. About one a year actually survives and can live to tell about it. In fact, this was the 4th jump in 2009 and one of those four was a survivor.
If you jump from the highest point, it takes about 3.5 seconds until you hit the water at an approximate speed of 75 miles an hour.

Seems like a shitty way to do it and very painful, on the other hand, it is kind of a dramatic way to end it all.
If you are that depressed and choose to kill yourself this way, I think you are trying to make a statement, and what I dont understand is why more people dont do flips and twists and stuff. They mostly just jump. I guess they are really depressed and I know when I am depressed I lose some of my creativity so maybe thats why more suicidal jumps dont also include flips and stuff. They just forget about adding the flair... on account of their depression.
This is the 4th most jumped from bridge in the United States, and it is number one East of the Mississippi.

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Brian in Mpls said...

Def. not the way I would choose to end it.

NTF said...

What is the most jumped from bridge? Golden Gate perhaps?

Bill From Gainesville said...

Brian --- I have never thought about suicide other then in a theoretical nature and I agree jumping would not be the way, The best way to do it in my opinion is putting a gun in your mouth and pulling the trigger. Pretty much instant death. no pain etc. or if their is pain it has got to be short lived.
NTF-- Yes the golden Gate is number one, then some bridge in Washington state and some other bridge out in the west. The link I provided on the post is pretty cool. (in a morbid kind of way) They list them but I forgot already but I do remember that the Golden Gate is Number 1

Native Minnow said...

You are a terrible person for joking about doing flips and stuff on a suicide jump. I love it. In fact, I promise you this, should I ever decide to end my life, I'll climb to the highest bridge and see how many back flips I can get in before it's all over. Maybe I could even have someone film it and put it on YouTube ;-)

quin browne said...

there is an amazing documentary about jumpers from the golden gate bridge... from remote cameras, you actually see a few of the leaps.

although sobering, it's excellent to watch.