A high school student from Windsor survived a plunge off the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 17-year-old male was on a field trip with 45 of his classmates to the historic bridge, Windsor Unified School District officials said.
The student survived the 200-foot fall and was able to swim to shore with the help of surfers, CHP Officer Chris Rardin. The teen jumped just before the south tower of the bridge into 55-degree water.
Windsor Unified School District Superintendent Bill McDermott said he didn't think the teen was trying to commit suicide, but instead jumped after other students from Windsor High School in Sonoma County urged him on. Students saw the teen go over the railing.
The teen was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he is undergoing a physical and psychological evaluation. School district officials said the student was treated for “tenderness and bruising.”
The circumstances surrounding why he jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge are being investigated, police said it does not look like a suicide attempt.
Each year roughly 30 people jump from the iconic span to their death, according to bridge officials. More than 1,300 people have died after jumping from the bridge since it opened in 1937.