Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death

by Olga Hunt June 28, 2017, 3:27
Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death

The instructor said "no jump, ' but the girl misheard the phrase as 'now jump" and jumped from a bridge before her rope was attached, a judge said.

Vera Mol, 17, was killed instantly in August 2015 after leaping off a bridge in northern Spain during an organized bungee jump.

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 past year.

The instructor is said to have shouted "no jump", but his pronunciation and English skills were so bad that the teenager believed he had said "now jump" instead and took the plunge, the court heard.

Vera Mol is said to have mistaken the instructor's saying "no jump" as "now jump" due to his "very bad" English, as The Metro reported on Monday.

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

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The appeal judge added that the instructor's level of English was not sufficient to be guiding foreigners in "something as delicate as jumping into the void from an elevated point", The Telegraph reported.

The court also noted it is "expressly forbidden" to practice bungee jumping from a road bridge such as the one where the fatal accident happened.

"The use of the poor English "No jump" could perfectly well be understood as an explicit order to jump by the victim", the ruling reportedly stated. Her tether was not yet attached to the bridge.

The bridge Vera bungee jumped off.

The company who ran the bungee jumping, Flowtrack, admitted the incident was an accident.


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