Thirty-three people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge last year, raising the total number of suicides since the bridge opened in 1937 to nearly 1,600, a prevention group said Thursday.

Another 86 people who presented an immediate risk of killing themselves were removed from the iconic span and placed under psychiatric observation, according to the Bridge Rail Foundation.

Spokesman Paul Muller said the annual suicide toll followed a pattern from previous years.

Thirty-seven people leaped to their deaths in 2011, 32 in 2010 and 31 in 2009, he said.

Muller said the bridge is an attractive suicide spot because of the short railing on the pedestrian walkway.

His group has been pushing for construction of a suicide barrier to reduce the number of deaths.

Golden Gate Bridge officials agreed in 2008 to suspend nets under the bridge. But completion of the project has been delayed because of a lack of funding.

—Paul Payne

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