Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death

Her instructor told her'no jump, but his pronunciation was so bad the teenager thought he had said'now jump so she leapt to her untimely death from the bridge
Deadly Bungee Jump in Spain Could Lead to Criminal Charges
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28 June, 2017

The court also heard how bungee jumping on the bridge was prohibited and that the instructor had not checked Vera's ID to make sure she was the required 18 years old to take part.

Seventeen-year-old Vera Mol died after leaping from the Cabezon de la Sal bridge in Cantabria, northern Spain while her rope was still yet to be secured, after misunderstanding an instruction not to jump, The Mirror reports.

The adventure company director will now face prosecution for homicide as a result of negligence, reports the Telegraph, after appealing unsuccessfully to a court ruling on the matter previous year. The employer had argued past year that the teenager jumped before she was told to. The director argued that Vera Mol was at fault because she had jumped before the instructor told her to, but the appeal judge wasn't having it.

Now the instructor, who has not been named, has appeared in court accused of causing the Dutch girl's death.

It was heard Vera died after a misunderstanding during the jumping process.

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According to the judge, his level of English was not sufficient for the job that includes "something as delicate as jumping into the void from an elevated point".

Flowtrack, who run the bungee jumping company that employed the man, said it was an accident.

The bungee jumping company initially said Mol caused her own death because she leapt off the bridge before she was told to.

The northern Cantabria regional court says the guide's order of "no jump", instead of "don't jump", may have been understood by the victim as "now jump".


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