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Father and Daughter Rescue Man Who Jumped from Golden Gate Bridge

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A man was granted a second chance at life after he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and swam to a sailboat. 

Scott Walecka, 56, was sailing his 38-foot boat to San Francisco from Santa Cruz with his 23-year-old daughter Hilary. 

Hilary spotted the man swimming and grabbed a life sling to throw him. Though the man's legs were broken, he managed to pull himself up onto the boat.

"He was alive and wanted to be rescued," Walecka said. 

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He was described as a 31-year-old homeless man from Alabama. 

When the father and daughter had him safely on their boat, they sailed to a Coast Guard station. The man was then taken to Marin General Hospital. It is not known how the man is doing.

It is rare to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and live to tell about it, as more than 1,500 people have jumped and only 30 have lived.

Most of them die a gruesome death, sustaining major internal injuries and broken bones. Others drown in the cold waters.

The city has approved a net system to prevent suicides, and the final design for it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Tribune