Jumping Off a Bridge to Save Your Life

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Every third Saturday in October several hundred crazies descend on Fayetteville, West Virginia to throw themselves off of a bridge. The bridge is the 867 ft. low New River Gorge Bridge. A cell phone dropped from the bridge will fall for 8.5 seconds before hitting the New River directly below.

The jumpers at Bridge Day are experienced skydivers who are skilled in all things falling. Some choose to throw their pilot chute immediately after jumping from the platform, while some wait as long as four or five seconds before deploying the air-catching piece of fabric that will jerk them to a slower,but life-preserving rate of descent.

The West Virginia fall foliage passing in his peripheral vision at an accelerating rate, he doesn’t remember where he wants to land, nor why. He only knows why he jumped.

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