Woman died bungee jumping after mishearing instructor because of his accent

Jun 28, 2017, 03:27
Woman died bungee jumping after mishearing instructor because of his accent

Nearly two years later, a judge has ruled the adventure company will face prosecution in relation to Vera's death after it was heard that her instructor's "poor English", along with his thick accent, contributed to her premature jump.

The teen, visiting Cantabria, Spain, plunged to her death after she jumped from the Cedeja viaduct before her rope could be secured.

The director of Flowtrack, the company that organised the bungee jumping, will now face prosecution for homicide through negligence, the Telegraph reported. The teenager is believed to have misheard the instructor when he said "no jump", instead thinking he'd advised her to "now jump".

Vera Mol, 17, was told "no jump" by the instructor, but heard it as "now jump" - and plunged to her death, according to reports.

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

Bungee jumping from the road bridge is allegedly banned under Spanish regulation.

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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".

Judges also say the instructor should have also checked for ID to make sure the teenager was 18 years old.

"The use of the poor English "no jump" could perfectly well be understood as an explicit order to jump by the victim", the judgement read.

Bungy jumping was also "expressly prohibited" from a viaduct on a highway, it noted.

Mol's death resulted in part from a "misunderstanding derived from the incorrect use and pronunciation of English", a ruling seen by Europa Press said.

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