A Colombian Woman Misunderstood Her Bungee Instructor’s ‘Jump’ Signal and Fell To Her Death
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Part of the rush of daredevil activities like skydiving and bungee jumping is the feeling that you are defying death. But along with these death-defying activities comes the very real possibility of hurting yourself. Sadly, Yecenia Morales, one young Colombian woman died when bungee jumping with her boyfriend. To make things more tragic, her death was due to a simple miscommunication.
25-year-old Yecenia Morales plummeted to her death after she thought a bungee jumping staff member signaled for her to jump. But they hadn’t attached Morales to a bungee chord yet.
“She got confused. The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment,” said mayor of Fredonia, Gustavo Guzmán to El Tiempo. “They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed.”
According to reports, this was Yecenia Morales’s first time bungee jumping. She and her boyfriend had made the trek to the Amaga viaduct in northern Colombia–a popular spot for bungee jumpers. When a member of the staff of the Sky Bungee Jumping company signaled Morales’s boyfriend to jump, Morales misunderstood the signal and jumped herself. The Daily Mail reports that local authorities are investigating the area after hearing claims that two companies are offering “unauthorized” bungee jumping services at the Amaga viaduct.
Yecenia Morales fell 164 ft from the top of the viaduct to the ground. Her boyfriend rushed to the ground and desperately tried to resuscitate her with CPR. But, it was already too late.
Later, firefighters arrived at the scene and pronounced her dead. Hospital doctors told local media outlets that Yecenia Morales suffered a heart attack before she hit the ground. Morales’s boyfriend also went to the hospital with injuries that he sustained when he rushed to the ground to help her. He is reportedly in a state of shock over the death of his girlfriend.
Morales’s family and loved are grieving over the sudden and shocking death of the young lawyer. The young woman’s brother released a statement calling his late sister “a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends, and helped the people in need.” He added that she she had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and that she loved to read and dance.
It is extremely rare for someone to die from a bungee jumping accident. Over the last 20 years, in the US 23 people have died from bungee-related injuries. That averages to 1.15 deaths per year.
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For many visitors, bungy jumping in New Zealand has almost become a rite of passage, that they take that heart-stopping leap of faith while they’re here.
In the 1980’s, a couple of young kiwis, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, set up New Zealand’s first commercial bungy jumping operation, with a jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Since then, New Zealand has become the home of bungy. All over the country you can leap from bridges, climbs, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs.
Harbour Bridge bungy, Auckland, New Zealand
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Bungy jumping in the North Island
You can take a leap off the Auckland Harbour Bridge against the backdrop of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour and the city skyline. In the Central North Island, just upstream from the Huka Falls, lies the Taupō Bungy – 47 metres above the Waikato River. You can also choose to be dunked in the Waikato River below at the end of your jump.
AJ Hackett bungy, Queenstown
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Bungy jumping in the South Island
Not only does the South Island have the country’s oldest bungy jump experience at AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge, it also has the highest jump at an incredible 134-metre plunge at Nevis Bungy – which are both in the Queenstown area.
Every day of the week locals and visitors alike enjoy the experience of a bungy among stunning landscapes. Bungy jumping remains one of New Zealand’s most popular and renowned leisure activities.