Bungee Instructor's bad English results in leaping death
28 June, 2017, 03:28 | Author: Nora May
In a terribly sad story, a judge has found that a teenage girl died bungee jumping because she misheard her instructor's accent, believing he'd told her to jump when actually he'd said not to.
A Spanish court says a bungee jumping instructor's poor English may have led a 17-year-old Dutch woman to jump to her death without being connected by rope to a viaduct in northern Spain two years ago.
The teen, visiting Cantabria, Spain, plunged to her death after she jumped from the Cedeja viaduct before her rope could be secured.
Judges ruled the instructor's English was "macarronico" - or "awful" - and that the tragedy could have been avoided had he used the correct phrase "don't jump" instead.
Bungee jumping from the road bridge is allegedly banned under Spanish regulation.
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.
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The court also heard that Mol was underage, but the instructor - who has not been named - did not check for parental consent.
According to British tabloid The Mirror, the 17-year-old had apparently misinterpreted the instructor's words "no jump" as "now jump", when he in fact meant to say "don't jump", the judge wrote in the ruling.
"It's part of a general set of laws that include stopping on a highway to take a picture, as well as leaping off a bridge to do bungee jumping", a government spokesman told El Pais.
An appeal court in Cantabria heard that she had made the leap on hearing the instructor say No jump but his pronounciation was so bad that she likely thought he said: Now Jump, the judge wrote in a ruling reported by Europapress.
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