- - Monday, April 18, 2011


Girl survives fall from Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO | A 16-year-old girl became the second person in five weeks to survive a plunge from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge — a 220-foot drop that is almost always fatal.

The unidentified teen lived through the drop Sunday and the 20 minutes she spent in the 53-degree water of San Francisco Bay before she was rescued, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The crew of a Coast Guard motor boat that pulled the girl aboard said she was conscious and responsive. One witness reported seeing her swimming to stay afloat, Ms. Talmadge said.

The girl was transported to a hospital, but her condition wasn’t immediately available.

In March, a 17-year-old boy who jumped during a school field trip survived with only bruises and the threat of prosecution for trespassing. Authorities said he climbed over a railing as a stunt.

Sunday’s incident was being handled as a suicide attempt, a Transportation District spokeswoman said.


Digger helping with mine rescue

MULLAN | A remote-control digger arrived to help rescue workers advance more quickly Monday toward an Idaho silver miner trapped for a third day in one of the nation’s deepest underground mines.

Crews expected the special digger to help as they tried to reach 30-year mining veteran Larry Marek, who was in the Lucky Friday Mine when it collapsed more than a mile underground Friday.

The machine — a front-end loader modified for mining and called a mucker — was expected to move material “without needing all the additional ground support to ensure the safety of our rescue teams,” the company said.

The Lucky Friday Mine is tucked into the forested mountains of Mullan, a historic mining town of 840 people in Idaho’s panhandle.

Officials do not know Mr. Marek’s condition, and they have not had contact with him since the roof of the mining tunnel collapsed about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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