Alamo family helped girl who plunged from Golden Gate Bridge

An Alamo family helped rescue the teenage girl who jumped 220 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday morning, according to reports. The incident is now being considered a suicide attempt.

Merle Hall, former mayor of Walnut Creek, and his son Eric were sailing on the San Francisco Bay with Eric's two teenage sons when a wildly waving crowd alerted them to the 16-year-old girl who plummeted into the bay.

Reports said the Halls did not immediately know if the girl was alive and that Eric Hall jumped in the water to keep the victim afloat.

The girl was conscious and responsive when she was pulled from the water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. She was taken to Marin General Hospital where, according to reports, she suffered a punctured lung, bruised back and internal bleeding. She is expected to survive.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Patrick Roth told reporters that the girl is from Southern California and was on vacation with her family. While details aren't available about circumstances directly before the jump, Roth said the girl handed her sister a diary that contained a suicide note.

Approximately 1,200 people have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge since it opened in 1937, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Last year, 32 people committed suicide by jumping off the bridge; about 2 percent of jumpers survive.

This attempt followed a March incident in which a 17-year-old boy jumped from the bridge as a "stunt."

Bay City News Service contributed to this story.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Apr 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

Uh, what happened to Eric Hall? Did he jump into the water? Is he OK? What did his father and sons think of his brave efforts?

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Dear [removed],

Today, I received distribution from media associates in global news services that assumes, quite like jumping in front of a train in Palo Alto, that the Golden Gate Bridge will become a focus of teans.

Care to examine that frightening concept?


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Posted by George
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 22, 2011 at 6:24 am

Hal... what's a "tean"?

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Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Danville
on Apr 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm


I wasn't able to get in contact with Eric Hall, but from what I understand, he's fine.

Jessica Lipsky

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