SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Waves crash against rocks at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge October 10, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The Golden Gate Bridge District board of directors voted today to continue with a plan to build a suicide prevention net on the world famous bridge with a price tag of $40 to $50 million dollars. An estimated 1,300 people are believed to have jumped to their death from the bridge since it was opened in 1937. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The man had climbed over the rail mid-span at about 7:30 p.m. on the city side of the bridge, officials said.
He was apparently planning to jump, but a bridge sergeant was able to talk him into coming back over the rail.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for observation, and his car was towed for storage, according to the CHP.
It was not immediately clear which responding agency talked the man out of jumping, but Marin County CHP officers were on the scene.