BY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
On Sunday, July 20th, an unidentified man committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson River in New York City.
This has become a rising trend in past years, causing police officials to patrol the area more frequently.
The GW Bridge stands at 212 feet, practically guaranteeing death to anyone ready to take that plunge.
The man, whose age and identity are unknown at the moment, landed on the tracks near the landmark Little Red Lighthouse, which is under the bridge on the New York side.
Amtrak rail services were disrupted for almost an hour and a half, according to Northjersey.com.
Since 2000, suicides off the bridge have averaged about six a year, although 10 jumped to their deaths in 2004 and 13 in 2010 according to nj.com.
In 2012 a record 18 people plunged to their deaths from the bridge, compared with the previous high of 13 jumpers in 2010, according to the New York Post. That same year there were 43 attempted suicides from the bridge, an all-time high.