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.
"Break out the Zoloft. Apparently, that's what your friends and neighbors do,
at least those who aren't perched atop the Sunshine Skyway Bridge." - s.p.times
statistics throughout this website 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 and help update this site. if you have any factual news, old or new, please bring it to our attention. are you someone that deals with jumpers first hand? 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.
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.
|but wait, there's more:|
show your site visitors you have no class or dignity.
add our nonsense to your page at no cost to us!
apply this html junk:
a skyway haiku:|
Stressed, motor idling
I stretch for eternal rest
Seagull smacks window.
Chuck L., austin, tx.
quick skyway history:|
the original two-lane single span opened on 09.06.54, thus ending the bee line ferry. a parallel bridge, carrying traffic lanes south, opened on 05.19.71 and was knocked down by a ship 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. the original 1954 eastern bridge lanes/piers were closed on 08.29.08 for safety concerns and are gradually being removed and used as artificial reef material. the 1971 western lanes/piers are open 24/7/365.
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 or are contemplating suicide themselves.
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.
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