A 17-year-old teenager has survived a 220-ft jump from the Golden Gate Bridge with nothing more than a few bruises.
He is thought to have been trying to impress classmates on a school trip when he climbed over the railings and plunged into the icy San Francisco Bay.
But the California boy, named Luhe ‘Otter’ Vilagome, miraculously survived the jump from the eastern pedestrian walkway at the world’s most popular suicide spot.
Around 1,300 people have leapt from the bridge since it opened in 1937, and 98 per cent of them have died – seven this year. Only a handful have ever walked again.
A classmate at Windsor High said the teenager ‘did it to try to look cool’, adding: ‘He said he’d jumped off bridges before.’
Jumpers generally hit the water at speeds of 70 to 80mph. At this velocity, water can take on the properties of concrete.
California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said: ‘It’s a miracle in itself. The majority of folks do not survive this type of fall.’
Idiot Otter Vilagome scores in top 2% of survial score but bottom 2% in SAT score.