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Teenage Girl Recovering After Fall from Golden Gate Bridge

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A teenage girl who plummeted from the Golden Gate Bridge was recuperating in a hospital Monday, making her the second teenager to survive a fall from the San Francisco landmark.

Witnesses reported seeing the 16-year-old girl, who has not been publicly identified, go over the side of the bridge at 10:56 a.m. Sunday.  The Coast Guard was able to recover the young woman, who was responsive.

"The girl was conscious when she was pulled from the water," Coast Guard spokeswoman Laura Williams told ABC News.

The Coast Guard rushed the girl to shore, where the San Francisco Fire Department took her to Marin General Hospital.

It has not been determined if she fell or jumped off of the bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge has been a notorious place for suicides since it was built in 1937.  Very few survive the 220-foot fall to the middle of the span or the frigid, fast-moving water below.  A fall from the bridge is the equivalent of a four-second, 25-story fall.  The average human body hits the water at 75 miles per hour, generally resulting in fatal injuries.

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