Woman Dies In Bungee Jumping Accident After Mistaking Signal And Jumping With No Cord
A woman plunged to her death after a bungee jump went badly wrong.
Yecenia Morales, 25, leapt from a bridge without a bungee cord around her ankles after she mistakenly believed it was safe to do so.
Morales was with her boyfriend who was ahead of her in the line for the jump, which was organised by the company Sky Bungee Jumping in Amagá in northern Colombia.
But things took a tragic turn when Morales heard a signal telling her boyfriend it was safe to jump but mistakenly thought it was it was for her.
Upon hearing the signal, she jumped from the bridge and is reported to have died of a heart attack mid-air.
Gustavo Guzmán, the mayor of Fredonia, told El Tiempo: "She got confused."
He added: "The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment.
"They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed."
Around 100 people were waiting to bungee off a bridge at a height of around 45 metres (148 feet).
She had been the 90th person on the list, and had not had the bungee cord tied around her ankles yet.
She fell from a height of around 50 metres (164 feet) into a valley and was already dead by the time the emergency services arrived on the scene.
Her boyfriend raced down and attempted CPR but was tragically unable to revive her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
He has since received treatment for shock as well as for wounds he sustained while scrambling down to find her after the devastating accident
According to local media, hospital doctors said she suffered a massive heart attack before reaching the ground.
Meanwhile, the local authorities have opened an investigation after claims that two companies offering services and supplying equipment at the site were unauthorised to do so.
In a statement her heartbroken brother said: "My sister is a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends, and helped the people in need."
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