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the sunshine skyway bridge
on the west coast of florida, at the mouth of tampa bay,
is the attraction of choice for many contemplating life's self end.
it's the #4 suicide bridge in the country, #1 east of california.
latest jump: 05.14.14 • *possible jump: 05.24.14 • save: 06.29.14
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in the news: the skyway threatens tampa's cruise port.
 
2014: 5 suicides, 16 possible, 1 survivor, 1 save
2013: 9 suicides, 23 possible, 3 survivors, 2 saves
2012: 12 suicides, 12 possible, 2 survivors, 6 saves
2011: 9 suicides, 14 possible, 1 survivor, 3 saves
2010: 5 suicides, 19 possible, 5 saves
2009: 8 suicides, 15 possible, 1 survivor, 8 saves
2008: 11 suicides, 10 possible, 2 survivors, 5 saves
2007: 10 suicides, 7 possible, 2 survivors, 1 save
2006: 5 suicides, 17 possible, 1 survivor, 1 save
2005: 10 suicides, 13 possible, 2 saves
2004: 4 suicides, 2 possible, 4 saves
2003: 13 suicides, 4 saves
2002: 9 suicides, 1 survivor, 1 save
2001: 5 suicides, 3 survivors, 1 save
2000: 5 suicides, 1 survivor, 1 save
1999: 10 suicides, 2 survivors, 1 save
1998: 12 suicides, 1 survivor
1997-1987: 35 suicides, 3 survivors, 6 saves
1986-1977: 17 suicides, 1 forced, 5 survivors, 15 saves
1976-1967: 15 suicides, 4 survivors, 9 saves
1966-1954: 20 suicides, 3 survivors, 7 saves
Ήunofficially: 229 suicides + 36 survivors = 265 jumpers

statistics are as close as we can get and are not an official accounting of any skyway bridge related activity.
your anonymous corrections and additions are always welcome.
if a link you click does not take you to the item as expected, close the resulting window and click the link again. sometimes the target page's excessive content fails to load sufficiently, in order to display your target.

to those with jumper news:
   were you driving across on the bridge and see some jumper action, an abandoned vehicle, and/or emergency personnel looking over the side? perhaps you were boating down below and had an unexpected drop in guest.
   let us know. we need your help to update this site. if you have any factual news, old or new, please bring it to our attention. if you are someone that deals with jumpers first hand, be one of our secret insiders. your identity need not be provided, nor is it expected.
to potential jumpers:
   we feel suicidal people need to know you bring pain and shame to yourself, your friends, and your family. it's not a free pass to end your misery. it's simply a way to transfer your hurt and sorrow to those that know and love you.
   according to the st. petersburg times: "anyone who jumps from a point close to the center of the bridge, hits the water in about 3.5 seconds at about 75 mph. the impact usually breaks bones and ruptures organs. some live for minutes before they drown".
 
from a 05.09.99 article:
Corporal Gary Schluter of the Florida State Highway Patrol - who has "seen the number of suicides, and attempts, climb steadily over the last few years" at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, as well as persuaded multiple would-be suicides at that site to live - advises: "People look at that water and think it's very serene, an easy way to die." But "it's more like hitting concrete." As he and other troopers explained to The New York Times reporter Rick Bragg, "Jumpers tend to die ugly. [...] The fall, less than four seconds, ends in a bone-snapping, organ-rupturing trauma, but some jumpers do not lose consciousness, and drown in agony." Schluter elaborated: "We retrieve the bodies. They are distorted, mangled."
 
   know this: chances are very good that you won't die immediately when you hit the water. it will hurt like all hell. your broken body will struggle to stay afloat. intense pain for who knows how long before you finally succumb to a horrid drowning death. maybe you will survive after all, now with life long debilitating injuries and additional mental anguish.
are you really up for this?
read this chilling first hand account and
another description of water impact.
do not jump off the bridge! seek help now!

comments from site visitors:
   Jennifer, St. Pete Beach, I've dealt with major depression in my lifetime, and was hospitalized in psych wards 8 times within the span of 3 years. I know what it feels like to be on the edge like that, and I honestly think it's great that you're taking some of the romance out of jumping. It's so easy to suffer from depression and imagine suicide (especially with such dramatic style as jumping off of the skyway) will leave you looking like a victim of this horrible world and beloved in everyone's mind. I'm glad that you're showing it in a different light, because suicide is neither beautiful nor romantic. I hope that people will see that and seek help and go on to lead happy and productive lives. It's very possible, and taking control and making that turn-around is where true romance lies.

   Cyn, Temple Terrace, Florida
, To jump or not to jump, that is the question! I love your site, I am afraid of heights so I could never jump. Now there are a few people I would love to take on a scenic hike of the skyway, (and maybe a little push at the top) I'm sorry people feel there is no other way out of there pathetic little life's than to jump off a bridge, but quite frankly if these families of the jumpers would quit whining that these family member's needed help, and actually listen to them in the first place maybe they would not have jumped. Stop blaming this site for your family members suicide, where were you when they were depressed? Do you help them seek help? Did you try and listen to them or turn a deaf ear? Thank you guys and keep up the good work!!

   Niki, St Petersburg FL., I have to laugh at the folks saying this site is insulting to friends and family of jumpers. Tell me, please, what kinds of wacko is going to skywaybridge.com two days after dad decided to give himself the NON-proverbial heave-ho. This is NOT labeled as a crisis hotline, self-help site, or anything of the sort. It's just comments, musings, information, and general ramblings of some highly bent folks. And, I must say, you guys are WONDERFULLY twisted!

   Helen T., Tierra Verde, FL., ...It's a rather dignified chronicle of a very undignified act...

   BDC, Bradenton, FL.
, i dont think this site supports suicide or does harm to the family of the victims. it is really the only place to find out information about jumpers. i knew someone who recently jumped and this site made it seem real. there was no mention of the death on the news or in newspapers. this site is the only way i know of learning and expressing yourself on this matter.
common sense words from:
Someone who works behind the red & blue lights.
Hey - could you do us a favor and ask all your readers to PLEASE slow down when coming by us on the bridge? We often have a couple of patrol cars there because one is working and one is watching out for insane drivers. Not slowing down and moving over when emergency vehicles are by the side of the road is actually against the law. Help keep us safe, and avoid that nasty ticket! Thanks!
also: moveoveramerica.com
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• local independent film maker produces a skyway bridge suicide documentary.
• 05.02.11: listen to SPLASH, a 'murrow award' winning web radio jumper documentary by rich halten.
• 05.09.80: a ship crashes into the skyway bridge, knocking down a span. 35 perish.
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failed suicide attempts, a humorous 'bob and tom' bit.²   
• if you have a weak stomach, do not view this picture of a jumper with his insides now outsides, ready to be scraped up with a spatula. see the look of horror on the faces of the bystanders. oh no!
• gephyrophobia (JEFF-i-ro-FO-bee-uh) - the fear of crossing bridges. it's irrational, like religion.
thumpophobia (THUMP-o-FO-bee-uh) - the fear of being hit by a falling jumper.
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quick skyway history:
the original two-lane single span opened on 09.06.54, thus ending the 'bee line' ferry. a parallel bridge opened on 05.19.71 and was knocked down on 05.09.80. the current cable-stayed structure opened on 04.20.87. it's 4.1 miles long, includes a single span of 1200 feet, approximately 191 feet high on center, and cost $244 million to build. the old bridges were demolished in 1993, leaving behind the longest fishing piers in the world.
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notices and questions seeking your input:
be a research intern.
we have many jumps with missing news and information.
maybe you have time to kill and want to do our work for us for free. that would be great, thanks.

have you posed for a picture or more on top of the bridge?
we would like to see your sneaky imagery. we will conceal your face, if you desire. we hope no one poses as a potential jumper using one of the hotline phones and then sends us a picture of them doing so. that would just be wrong.

attention: jump survivors
we would like to hear from suicide jump survivors in an effort to explain why you did it. can you detail the injuries received from your jump? how do your injuries effect you now? tell us your story. you do not need to leave your name, but any details about the hows and whys of your jump would be welcome, as well as informative to those that have lost loved ones to suicide.

do you know about jumper's that were on medication?
we would like to hear about jumpers that were on any anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, or any other form of head med, either shortly before or at the time of their jump, as well as those that have suddenly stopped taking their meds prior to their suicide or attempt. there seems to be a correlation between these "medications" and suicide.

online news providers are turning on subscription requirements.
with the hardcopy print news media dying a slow arduous death, tampabay.com, heraldtribune.com, and bradenton.com are now pay sites that also run advertisements. will you or are you paying for access to these pay sites? if so, why? if not, why not? as of this writing (07.19.14), myfoxtampabay.com, wtsp.com, tbo.com, and baynews9.com continue to offer their services by their use of advertisements only. however, as more news sites start this subscription requirement, they may go the pay-per-view route as well. with all the free access to news online, such as google, yahoo, and the plethora of other free online news services, how will these new attempts at charging for access effect you?

Derek Chandler Simons
04.30.07, Bradenton, FL., USA, My son, Derek C. Simons, supposedly jumped 8/30/97. We have reason to believe he was killed and then thrown off the bridge, and if anyone has any information, pro or con, please let me know. It's been 10 years come August, and there is no resolution or justice.

please contact us if you have anything to offer on any of these topics. thank you.
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disclaimerage:
   in no way do we condone anyone jumping from the skyway bridge or any other land based structures of height, without proper safety procedures, devices, and permission from authorities, whomever they may be. don't become a statistic on this stupid web site. get helpwe do not want you to jump. in fact, we are anti-jumper. really, we mean it. come on, we're serious, stop laughing. anything and everything shown within this site is intended for informational purposes only.
   many of our postings, such as jumpers, 'possible' jumpers, and 'saves', are reported by anonymous reporters. these 'facts' can be facetious, nebulous, and/or clever fiction. do consider any and all statistics and 'news' as unconfirmed, unless verified by official sources. this web site is not to be taken as an official accounting of any activity whatsoever, concerning the skyway bridge. 
   all comments on skywaybridge.com are submitted by visitors to this site. any and all remarks are the sole opinion of the comment submitter. skywaybridge.com neither agrees nor disagrees with any particular comment made and takes no responsibility for said comment or opinion. other than deleting last names, personal attacks on jumpers, and/or naughty words, no edits are made to comments. any and all responses to said comments are ours and we agree to all of those, even if we fabricate blatant fiction in the name of satirical theater. (š)
   your paranoid browser may take issue with our use of non-malicious javascript and active-x trinkets. relax. we make no attempt to identify or harm you or your computer in any way. we are google verified and safe.
   links found on this website may stop working over time or may direct you to web pages found outside of skywaybridge.com. you may find these other web pages even more distasteful and offensive than this one. click at your own discretion. skywaybridge.com is not responsible for the content found on these other web sites, your excessive caloric intake, your complete absence of common sense, your want of socialism, your obsession for porn, your poor driving skills, your blind dedication to a nonexistent god, your lousy self-image, or your children's lazy attitude, lack of ambition, or disrespect.
   your employer may not approve of you clicking around here while at work. do not receive an ass chewing over this moronic web site. use your own judgment and some common sense as to how, when, and where you view this site, as well as those that may view you viewing it. only you are responsible for any negative outcome. if you are dominated by political correctness, bail now, as there will no doubt be something that some whiny stick-up-the-ass humorless jerk will find offensive. get back to work and play here later. remember, "arbeit macht frei".
   while we work hard at practicing correct grammar and spelling, we do employ the annoying habit of avoiding capitalization whenever possible. please take this into consideration as we condemn others for their mistakes.
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thank you:
   we would like to thank again, all of you that have donated to this site. thanks also to the thousands of skywaybridge.com visitors. we have received input from every state and dozens of countries. special thanks to all of our jumpnews form filler outer reporters that keep a vigilant eye, our anonymous insiders, facebook buddies, twitter twits, and all the people that jump from the skyway bridge, for without whom, this site would not be. we love each and every one of you equally, without the usual favoritism a parent shows for one offspring over another. thank you one and all...
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footnotes:
* most 'possible' jump reports are no doubt unreported saves, vehicle issues, or quick picture moments. send yours.
Ή with all the 'possible' and unreported incidents, we doubt anyone knows the exact number of jumpers in the history of the skyway.
our unofficial totals only deal with voluntary suicidals and not the one forced jump or any accidental jumping/falling incidents.
² skywaybridge.com and all it's contents are not affiliated with 'the bob and tom show' or bobandtom.com, so don't blame them.
 
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