He jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. Now, he’s seeing his wish for a safety net come true

(CNN)“Jump.” In midair, he maneuvered himself so that his legs would hit the water first. Hines fell 220 feet at about 75 miles per hour. The impact from a fall like that is similar to hitting concrete. The contact shattered two of his vertebrae, and doctors later told him that he was only 2 millimeters away from severing his spine. In excruciating pain, Hines struggled to the surface and felt a creature nudging at him.