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Latest Golden Gate Suicide Committed by Grandson of Golden Gate Safety Advocate

| by Paul Brown

Long time Golden Gate Bridge safety advocate John Moylan has lost his own grandson in the latest Golden Gate Bridge suicide. 

On Thursday June 5, 27 year-old Sean Moylan took his life by jumping 245 feet from the deck of the famous bridge. The Novato, Calif. native had reportedly been struggling emotionally for some time. 

“The poor kid was a very troubled young man”, Sean’s grandfather John Moylan told local newspaper the Marin Independent Journal.

This comes six years after John Moylan, then a member of the board of directors of San Francisco’s Golden Gate district, took measures to install suicide barriers on the famed bridge. The elder Moylan spent years campaigning, debating and doing all that he could to have the barriers installed, though these measures turned out not to be enough to save the man’s grandson. 

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John Moylan does not blame the bridge’s lack of effective safety barriers for this tragedy. 

“There is no blame in this at all,” the 85 year-old grandfather said, “it’s not the bridge’s fault, it’s not anybody’s fault.”

This was not the first attempt at suicide made by the troubled 27 year-old. While living in Oregon this winter, Sean jumped in front of a moving truck while walking his dog. The truck driver was unable to stop and Sean was critically injured. According to his grandfather, he had fully recovered by the time of his jump this last Thursday.

This, of course, is not the first suicide to occur on the Golden Gate Bridge. Over 1,500 people have jumped from the iconic fixture since its completion in 1937, making it the second most popular suicide site in the world next to the Nanjing Yantze River Bridge in China.

The Daily Mail reports that the Golden Gate district board is meeting later this month to consider the possibility of installing a $68 million safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge to save jumpers from death.  Such a net would likely dissuade jumpers altogether, as it would likely remove the possibility of death from the equation.