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16-Year-Old Girl Survives Golden Gate Bridge Plunge

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An HH65 “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station San Francisco flies by the Golden Gate Bridge. (Matthew Udkow/USCG)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A 16-year-old girl survived a fall from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Sunday, according to authorities.

The Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard said the girl was in the water for 20 minutes Sunday before being pulled to safety conscious and responsive.

She was transported to Marin General Hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.

Golden Gate Bridge District Spokeswoman Mary Currie told CBS 5 the girl was attempting suicide.

About 25 people per year die in jumps from the bridge, roughly 200 feet above the water.

In March, a 17-year-old boy survived after leaping from the bridge. Officials don’t believe it was a suicide attempt.

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