A high school student jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in front of stunned classmates – and survived.
It is believed he made the 220ft plunge from the notorious suicide spot for a dare.
The 17-year-old clambered over 4ft railings before leaping into the waters below as his schoolmates cheered him on.
The suicide spot in San Francisco kills dozens of people each year when they make the same terrifying leap from the iconic bridge.
Most who jump die as a result of the fall but, incredibly, the student who had been urged by classmates to leap as a dare lived to tell the tale.
A statement from his school said he suffered no severe injuries beyond bruising and tenderness.
He was rescued by a surfer who paddled over and took him ashore, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said.
‘It’s a miracle in itself,’ Rardin said. ‘The majority of folks do not survive this type of fall.’
Windsor Unified School District Superintendent Bill McDermott said he did not think the teen was trying to commit suicide.
He said that he believed he jumped after other students from Windsor High School in Sonoma County urged him on. Other students are said to have watched as the teenager went over the railing.
An ambulance rushed the teenager to a San Francisco General Hospital. Officials couldn’t provide further details Thursday night on his condition.
Someone leaps off the iconic bridge an average of once every two weeks – last year, 32 people died.
Around 98 per cent of those plunges end up being fatal and authorities rule most of those deaths suicides.
The student did not jump from the centre of the bridge – which is 250ft – but leapt from an area between Fort Point and the South Tower.
There were around 45 pupils and two teachers taking part in the field trip. At least two of the students are believed to have tweeted about the jump while they were still on the trip.
The Marin County Coroner’s Office and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District have said that up to 1,500 people have died after jumping off the bridge since it opened in 1937.
See. Y’all would’ve looked reeeeeeal stupid if we would have been number 1,501. FAWK teenagers.