Bungee jump goes wrong as cord snaps mid air
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Things almost went terribly wrong for one thrill-seeker whose trip to Thailand ended unexpectedly.
The tourist, who asked to be identified with his first name only, took a swan dive off of 10-story-high podium during a visit to the town of Pattaya while on vacation in January.
Fortunately for Mike, the jump was made over a body of water and after the bungee cord snapped milliseconds before he neared the bottom of his jump, he landed in the water down below.
Speaking to CNN about the ordeal, Mike revealed: “I landed on my left side so the injuries were more serious there.”
He was left covered in bruises after he landed in the water after the jump. “It was as if someone just beat me up real bad.”
Mike’s jump was witnessed by friends who were there with him at the Changthai Thappraya Safari Adventure park which is located in the northwest region of Pattaya.
Visitors can take part in a range of fun activities like ziplines to live-round shooting.
After going to the park to try the firing range, Mike found the courage to try the bungee jump after being dared to do so by his friends.
“It was really high so I closed my eyes. I planned to open my eyes again when I bounced back up,” Mike explained. “I realized the cord had snapped when I opened my eyes and I was surrounded by water.”
Despite his feet being tied together by the lower half of the snapped bungee cord, Mike managed to swim to the surface.
The park refunded the cost of his jump and paid for x-ray and ultrasound scans in Thailand.
Nithit Intim, the founder of the park, confirmed the freak accident took place and said Mike was taken to the hospital by staff.
Speaking to CNN, Nithit said it was the first time he had seen the cord snap.
He said: “After the cord was broken, our staff got him [Mike] out of the water immediately, and asked him if he was okay.
“He [Mike] said he felt bruised. So we took him to the hospital.”
Nithit explained that Mike signed a liability waiver before the jump but said that the park would be willing to pay any further medical expenses in Hong Kong if receipts are provided.
“Our staff explained that if any mishap happens or any accident takes place, our company will compensate medical bills. But the client can’t demand for compensation on other kind of expenses."