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Ulverston Cumbria.
On September 25, 2000, 19-year-old Kevin Hines attempted to end his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Plunging over 220 feet at a speed of 75 miles per hour, he hit the water below, shattering three of his vertebrae and narrowly missing severing his spine.
Despite the odds, he miraculously survived the impact.
Upon realizing he was still alive, an intense will to live surged within him. Yet, the weight of his clothes continuously pulled him beneath the surface of San Francisco Bay.
For what seemed like an eternity, he struggled to resurface briefly, gasping for air, just enough to hold on to life.
Suddenly, he felt an unusual force from below lifting him above the water's surface, where he remained until the Coast Guard arrived.
It was only later that he discovered the mysterious presence keeping him afloat: a sea lion had been supporting his body until the rescue boat arrived, as eyewitnesses had observed.
His story gained major media coverage and he has since become a motivational speaker and advocate for suicide prevention.

thats an incredible story . and a heart warming one. its great to see he went from wanting to end it all to trying to stop people from doing so.
theres a show on people who jump off the golden gate bridge. i think they put a security camera there for that reason and then made a documentary based on 1 year of camera footage. of the survivors (of which there are very few) most say they regretted jumping as soon as they did so. like literally as soon as they step off. warning - its a very intense documentary.
The Bridge (2006 documentary film) - Wikipedia

i found it on youtube

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