Suicide-Prevention Net Under Golden Gate Endorsed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stainless steel net may soon hang underneath the Golden Gate Bridge to stop people from attempting
suicide by jumping off.

The board that governs the world-famous bridge voted Friday after considering several other methods to prevent suicides.

Officials estimate the net will cost between $40 million and $50 million. It will require an environmental review and further study before installation.

Officials say about 20 people jump from the bridge every year. But 38 people jumped last year, and 19 have jumped so far this year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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