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Poor English may have caused horrific bungee-jumping death in Spain

Poor English may have caused horrific bungee-jumping death in Spain”

The court said bungee jumping was prohibited on the viaduct and that the woman lacked parental permission to practice the sport.

THE poor English skills of a bungee jump instructor allegedly led to the death of a teenager who misheard him and died after jumping too early.

Flowtrack, who run the bungee jumping company that employed the man, claim it was an accident, but will now face prosecution for homicide via negligence.

Vera Mol had a rope attached to her, but it wasn't tied to anything else when she took part in the popular adrenaline-fuelled activity on the bridge of Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria back in 2015, the Daily Mail reported.

The Spanish media reports on Tuesday that in the finding of the court, the instructor's poor English could have been a key factor in the accident, with Mol hearing the phrase "now jump" instead of "no jump", which is what the instructor actually said.

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

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.

He most recently ruled that the instructor's proficiency in English was not to a high enough standard to be guiding foreigners in "something as delicate as jumping into the void from an elevated point". The adventure company had also failed to seek consent from her parents before allowing her to proceed. The appeal had argued that the teenager had jumped before she was told to.

What a horribly tragic series of events.



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