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havestorytotell
04-26-2016, 02:24 AM
I am need info on a bridge in Spain (have photos) and want to know if someone can survive the fall. I heard if they go in foot first there is a chance (Golden Gate Bridge is the US most well known for this terrible happening) If you know a bridge engineer or a EMS that has got a jumper alive from a high bridge I really need their help, input. Thanks for letting me post this weird one!

King Neptune
04-26-2016, 03:25 AM
It is possible for someone to survive the fall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45VtzmtA_C0 There have been longer falls:
http://www.cracked.com/article_19996_5-insane-falls-you-wont-believe-people-survived_p2.html
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-survivors-of-skydiving-accidents.php

blacbird
04-26-2016, 06:51 AM
It's all about distance of fall, and depth of water. Anything more than about 30 meters is likely to be fatal (but not a certainty). And you sure don't want to hit the rocks under the water, so the water has to be reasonably deep. That's really all that matters.

caw

WeaselFire
04-27-2016, 04:37 AM
Guy jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday and survived.

Jeff

havestorytotell
04-28-2016, 05:51 PM
Thank you!

havestorytotell
04-28-2016, 06:07 PM
Thank you!

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Thank you!

andadu27101
04-29-2016, 07:25 PM
Guy fell out of helicopter…some 500 feet…survived with minor injuries.
Entry angle is critical, and depth of water.

blacbird
04-29-2016, 10:50 PM
Guy fell out of helicopter…some 500 feet…survived with minor injuries.
Entry angle is critical, and depth of water.

Yes, it can happen, but it's damn rare for somebody to free fall that distance and survive, which makes it a problem for suspension of reader disbelief. I wouldn't recommend performing a laboratory test for this.

caw

Bolero
04-30-2016, 12:30 AM
I was remembering reading about techniques for surviving jumping from a height - as in from the side of a sinking ship - and the first google brought this up

https://www.quora.com/How-should-you-land-in-water-if-jumping-from-a-tall-height-e-g-a-cliff

Seems quite useful. So now it is whether your character is trying to live or die, and how much they know.