Woman plunges 164 feet to death in tragic bungee-jumping accident

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A Colombian bungee-jumper plummeted to her death this week after a communications mishap caused her to leap off a bridge without a fastened cord.

“She got confused,” Gustavo Guzmán, the mayor of Fredonia, told El Tiempo of the freak accident, which occurred Sunday in Amagá in northern Colombia.

First-time jumper Yecenia Morales, 25, and her unnamed boyfriend had traveled to the Amagá viaduct — a popular bungee spot — on an excursion organized by local company Sky Bungee Jumping, according to Newsflash. The two lovebirds were reportedly the 90th jumpers of the day when they approached the platform.

Things went wrong after the operators signaled Morales’ beau — who was ahead of her in line — to take the plunge. But, apparently thinking the cue was meant for her, the young lawyer leaped off the bridge without an attached safety cord and plummeted about 164 feet to the valley below, Newsflash reported.

Yecenia Morales, 25, fell to her death in a mishap at a bungee-jumping site in Colombia.

Yecenia Morales, 25, fell to her death in a mishap at a bungee-jumping site in Colombia. Newsflash

At that point, Morales’ distraught boyfriend rushed down to his fallen soulmate, whereupon he futilely attempted to perform CPR. Firefighters later pronounced her dead at the scene.

Along with her injuries inflicted during the free fall, the young daredevil may have suffered a heart attack before she hit the ground, according to subsequent medical reports. Meanwhile, Morales’ boyfriend is receiving treatment for wounds he sustained while scrambling down to find her and is reportedly in shock over the ordeal.

Yecenia Morales, 25, had traveled to the Amaga viaduct — a popular bungee spot — with her boyfriend.

Morales had traveled to the Amagá viaduct — a popular bungee spot — with her boyfriend. Newsflash

Guzmán has since chalked up the tragedy to a massive misunderstanding.

“The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment,” he explained. “They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed.”

Morales

Morales’ brother Andres described her as a happy person with an entrepreneurial spirit. Newsflash

Nonetheless, authorities have launched an investigation over claims that several companies at the site were unlicensed, according to the Daily Mail.

Morales’ family members have since expressed their grief over the deceased woman.

“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,” said her bereaved brother Andres. He added that she loved reading and dancing and had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Authorities have launched an investigation following claims that several companies at the bungee site weren

Authorities have launched an investigation into the tragic incident. Newsflash

James Bond: GoldenEye PLOT HOLE ruins iconic first scene with major location error

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James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) is coming to the end of his time as the iconic British spy in the forthcoming film No Time To Die. However he perhaps isn’t the best known version of the character. Throughout the 90s fans witnessed the arrival of Pierce Brosnan as the influential cinematic hero.

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During Brosnan’s spat of films, perhaps his most popular film was the 1995 flick GoldenEye.

GoldenEye witnessed Bond taking on a malevolent Russian corporation who were eager to take over the world.

The first iconic scene of the film sees Bond jumping off a dam and infiltrating some sort of off-the-grid nuclear bunker.

However fans have been looking over the film as a whole and have figured out something is amiss during the scene in question.

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James Bond plot hole: GoldenEye was plagued with a huge error (Image: 20TH CENTURY FOX)

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James Bond plot hole: Bond runs across a dam before launching himself off it in the Spring (Image: 20TH CENTURY FOX)

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Fans will recall Bond jumps off the dam with a bungee cord before cutting his way into the soviet’s bathroom.

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This begins his journey of meeting up with 006 (Sean Bean) and escaping on a plane.

However fans have noted that the outdoors section at the end of the scene doesn’t add up with the beginning of the film.

Speaking out on Movie Mistakes, one fan explained: “James Bond does his bungee jump down a dam that looks like it’s in the beginning of spring.

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James Bond plot hole: Bond later emerges from the factory in snow (Image: 20TH CENTURY FOX)

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“But when he emerges from the factory, it is dead winter with no dam in site, since they are on a mountain top.”

Upon rewatching the scene in question fans will see this is correct.

When Bond reemerges from the hidden factory, he is somehow on top of a mountain before jumping in a plane and flying away.

Of course, the hidden facility could have certainly included a long tunnel through the dam to the top of the mountain – but because viewers didn’t see that, it was a little jarring to watch.

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Thankfully, the rest of the film seems to make a lot more sense.

In the flick fans see Bond explaining that his password is Vesper Lynd’s (Eva Green) name.

However they pointed out that this is not the number Bond punched in earlier in the film.

The site of some of the most legendary stunt scenes

Named after the original and legendary jump of the 007 movie “GoldenEye” with James Bond in her majesty’s service, this place has been the site of many more movies and stunt scene productions over the years, such as in the famous Bollywood movie “Doom3”, “Fire; Ice & Dynamite” from Bogner as well as TV-productions such as “the Amazing Race” or “Verstehen Sie Spass”. The GoldenEye stunt was awarded “best film stunt” at the time and has remained famous over the years. Slip into the skin of a 007-agent and (re)live the excitement of this classy jump. An feeling of freedom beyond compare!

007 CLASSIC JUMP

  • Classic jump, head first, ideal for first timers
  • operating from Easter to the end of October
  • CHF 195.00 for Youths/students
  • CHF 255.00 for adults from the age of 20

007 BACK JUMP

  • Jump backwards, a special adrenalin kick!
  • Only for repeaters (as from the 2nd jump)
  • operating from Easter to the end of October
  • CHF 175.00 for youths/students
  • CHF 195.00 for adults from the age of 20

007 Nachtsprung - Bungy Jump in der Nacht von der Bungy Jump Anlage im Verzascatal | Trekking Team AG

NIGHT JUMP

  • Classic jump at night – absolutely unforgettable
  • Also as a first jump, limited spots available
  • Next dates: upon request
    (limited availabilty; please book your jump)
  • CHF 195.00 for youths/students
  • CHF 255.00 for adults from the age of 20

ULTIMO

  • The ultimate adrenaline kick, jump feet first
  • For experienced Bungy jumpers only (3rd jump)
  • operating from Easter to the end of October
  • requires booking on special dates/times
  • CHF 175.00 for youths/students
  • CHF 195.00 for adults from the age of 20

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GOPRO VIDEO

  • Video with a GOPRO Hero camera on the wrist
  • with every type of jump except Night and Ultimo
  • Video handed out on our USB drives with logo
  • CHF 39.00 per person

Bungy Jumping in Switzerland

The origins of Bungy Jumping in Switzerland trace back to the “land diving” of Pentecost, Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific where men dive off trees with lianas tied around their ankles. As far back as the people of the island can remember and up to this day, each spring the people of Vanuatu celebrate the land diving festival. The land dives are perdominantly perfomed by young men. In week-long preparations a scaffold tower reaching heights of 15-30 m is built by using just bamboo.

The construction served as a jump platform from which the brave yound mend dive off head first into the void. Beforehand the men choose those lianas that are most flexible and fix them around their ankles on top of the platform before the jump. With great care and attention the material is checked and optimized over and over again since the goal is to dive as close to the ground as possible – even touching the ground gently! It is a tradition, an initiation rite for the young men. Only after completion of this rite of passage are the young men welcomed into adulthood.

In the 80ies a rescourceful New Zealander took over their idea and undertook several tests using elastic ropes. With the Kawarau bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand, the first official Bungy Jump of the world opened its gates.

Towards the end of the 80ies the brothers Anton and Peter Draganits with their company Trekking Team Ldt. introduced Bungy Jumping to Switzerland.

007 VIP EVENT

  • your exclusive company program on the Verzasca dam
  • unique location, site of the famous 007 jump
  • Demo jump through our stunt/staff team member
  • possibility of doing your own Bungy jump

GENERAL INFORMATION BUNGY JUMPING

The Bungy jumping site on the Verzasca dam is open seasonal, from the Easter weekend through to the end of October.

Opening hours 2022
August 27 until October 30: every Saturday/Sunday afternoon

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Opening hours 2023
From Easter weekend (April 8) until July 2: every Saturday/Sunday afternoon
July 5 until August 27: from Wednesday until Sunday afternoon
September 2 until October 29: every Saturday/Sunday afternoon

Bookings: Individuals or groups up to 3 people make their booking very easily online: https://www.trekking.ch/bungy/bungy-onlinebooking?lang=en

Group booking / Gift vouchers
Groups as of 4 people or jumpers with gift vouchers are kindly requested to contact us via our Web-Form or to call us on +41 41 390 40 40.

Special opening
For groups of 5 persons and more we can organise special openings during the above mentioned season. For night jumps we require a minimum of 10 jumpers. Please note that there are no discounts (group, student, youth etc.) for special openings.

Desired date not available?
If you cannot find any available times that suit you, it’s most likely that we’re really full but we will try our best to find a spot for you. In such a case please contact us via our Web-Form or call: +41 41 390 40 40 (office) / +41 79 6 007 007 (mobile phone).

General health requirements:
The jumper needs to be in a good and healthy physical condition. Participants with the following health conditions are explicitly excluded from bungy jumping: Pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, heart disorders, epilepsy, damage to the musculoskeletal system, neurological disorders, glaucoma, ocular hypertension, chronic ear ailments with disturbance of equilibrium.

Furthermore the jumper must not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or mind-altering medication.

Please refer to your doctor before you book a jump if you’re taking medication or are insecure about whether you are fit to do a bungy jump or not. You will be signing a liability release before your jump.

Weight limits:
Minimum 45 kg; Maximum 115 kg

Age / necessary documents:
There is no minimum age for Bungy jumping but the minimum weight is a requirement. Participants under the legal age of 18 years need the signed declaration of consent from a parent.

Bungy jumpers over 65 years of age please bring a medical statement that you are fit for the jump.

The 007 Bungy site is situated on the Verzasca dam in the canton of Ticino, southern Switzerland. The artificial lake is the Lago die Vogorno. Your next bigger towns are Locarno or also Bellinzona. The dam belongs to the commune of Gordola with the postal code 6596. Once you reach Gordola, remain on the main road until you see the turn off into the Valle Verzasca. Take that turn off and continue on the Via Valle Verzasca until you see the immense dam after about 2km. The Bungy site is situated in the middle on top of the dam. There’s a parking lot. The bus also stops next to the parking lot and is called “Diga Verzasca”.

Arriving by plane:
The closest airports are either Zürich (Switzerland) or Milan (Italy). The journey by (rental) car takes roughly 3 hours from Zürich Airport and about 2 hours from Milan. We recommend to allow for more travel time during peak season in summer. Train & bus from Zürich will take about 3 hours and from Milan roughly 4 hours.

Arriving by car:
Find the exact location here: https://goo.gl/maps/dE1PWX9N3bo

Arriving by train/bus:
Your destination by train is the trainstation Tenero. From there you will catch the bus towards Sonogno (bus 321). Your final destination is the station “Diga Verzasca”. From there it’s a bus ride via Gordola and up the valley (bus 321 direction Sonogno) to your final destination “Diga Verzasca”. The bus stop is 5 minutes from the site. So best check your timetable and book your jump accordingly.

There are various options for all budgets. From youth hostels, B&B’s and campings you’ll find all necessary info on the following page: https://www.ticino.ch/en/plan/accommodation

Choose the region “Lago Maggiore and valley” and pick your accomodation or camping in the region of Ascona and Locarno (20-25 mins to the Verzasca dam). Both places are close or directly at the lake where you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars.

If you are looking for a camping site, we recommend you the Camping Miralago in Tenero: http://camping-miralago.ch/en

Check out as well the numerous festivals in the summer!

The dam is 220m – jumps are always measured from top to ground/water; the jump itself is a safe distance away from the bottom.

Tandems are not possible on the dam.

To spice up your jumping experience – from the 2nd jump onwards you can do backwards jumps and from the third (at very earliest) the Ultimo jump (reservation for the latter MANDATORY). It’s the jump master’s decision whether a special jump is doable or not (experience, weather etc.).

Highly recommended to avoid disappointment over long waiting hours (for everybody!). Plus you want to make sure we’re there if you come from far away. Here’s the link to book online.

We recommend to book and pay over our Online Booking Platform. In any case we’ll need your credit card details as a guarantee in order to make the booking and you can also pay on site in cash, CHF or EUR (or credit card).

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For group reservations we need a 25% prepayment and a credit card guarantee for the remaining bookings.

WHY? We have to plan ahead, we need to organise staff etc. There are terms & conditions and cancellations policies – please read them carefully – they apply for every booking.

We cannot jump when the dam overflows (happens only very rarely but we have to abide by the directives of the Verzasca SA).
We cannot jump with thunderstorms & lightning (the latter being the problem, not the rain) and thick fog. However this is usually a matter of time – thunderstorms and fog usually pass and we can resume Bungy jumping.

Yes for contact lenses; no for the glasses unless you bring a strap or a pair of goggles that can be attached to your harness. But be aware that we cannot be held liable for any loss or damage to your glasses.

Participants with the following health conditions are explicitly excluded from bungy jumping: Pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, heart disorders, epilepsy, damage to the musculoskeletal system, neurological disorders, recent eye surgery, ocular hypertension, chronic ear ailments with disturbance of equilibrium.

With your signature on the registration form you confirm to be of good health and have no ailments that could be problematic with Bungy jumping.

The minimum weight is 45 kg, the maximum weight 115 kg.

No, it’s not, if you abide by all instructions and directions of the Bungy team. It’s comparable with any other outdoor activity like hiking, biking, surfing etc.

From registration to completion of your Bungy jump allow roughly 45 minutes.

Once you arrive at the reception trailer you fill in your registration form, do the payment, then we check your weight, get rid of everything in your pockets (car keys and such!), we give you further infos, get your harness, do a jump training and once we’re all ready to go you’ll be called up to the platform for the jump. One you’re back from the jump – go get a drink and your certificate at the registration trailer.

No!
It’ll be costly – here’s why:
Please read our cancellation policy Annullationsbestimmungen. Once you book your jump – you step into a binding contract with a provider of an activity – that’s us.

And for last minute fears: We do understand that that the dam is high and impressive. But that’s why you came here in the first place! It’s not a walk through the park but you could do that any day and anyone can do that, right? You came here for something special, you made your mind up – so go for it! You’ll love it, it’ll be fun and you’re allowed to be totally proud of yourself for doing it!

Bungy jumping is comparable with any other outdoor activity such as biking, surfing, hiking etc. As long as all instructions and directions given by our jump masters are being carefully followed, there’s really no need to worry.

The regulations in Switzerland for companies offering outdoor activities are very strict. We abide by the rules of the Swiss Outdoor Association as well as the safety lable “Safety in Adventures”.

Trekking Team AG was a foundation member and is member of the board of the Swiss Outdoor Association defining standards of safety, training and certification of outdoor guides in various fields, especially Bungy jump masters and specialists.

The „Safety in Adventure„ foundation is an NPO. They define the safety requirements and regulations and the strict compliance of such by conducting audits on a regular basis.

For your own safety – trust those outdoor & adventure companies who commit to stipulated regulations. You’ll find the list of all members here: https://www.safetyinadventures.ch/zertifizierte_unternehmen.htm

007 BUNGY JUMP

Oh gosh! Guys I was there yesterday fulfilling one from my bucket list. My first ever bungee jump. I want this to be the one as it is the highest (220m) in Europe and third in the world. Great team, good in organizing and explaining the rules. It was safe for me. Amazing experience. I’m proud and Good luck to you.
Sai, August 2021

007 BUNGY JUMP

Really great bunch of guys! Smiles and humour help lower the tension and prepare for the big moment.
And perfect rocking music, too!

007 BUNGY JUMP

Very accommodating, made me feel as comfortable as one could! Everybody was high spirit and upbeat! I really thank you for that.. keep on doing such a good job!
All was perfect!

Reginald, April 2021

007 BUNGY JUMP

These guys rule! I just did the 220 meter James Bond 007 GoldenEye jump and it was an unforgettable experience. These guys use the best gear, have the best vibes and make it a good time!
I jumped while Beck – Loser was playing in the back and came up to Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody!
Highly recommend this team and company to give you that adrenaline fix you crave. Doctor’s orders!

Source https://nypost.com/2021/07/22/woman-plunges-164-feet-to-death-in-tragic-bungee-accident/

Source https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1318463/james-bond-goldeneye-plot-hole-error-pierce-brosnan-daniel-craig-casino-no-time-to-die

Source https://www.trekking.ch/bungy?lang=en

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