Bungee Tragedy Developments

Friday, July 31, 2015
By Martin Myall

AND Puenta Tablate OnLThe Guardia Civil has charged two people over the death of the 21-year-old British girl in the recent bungee-jumping incident in Granada.

The first is the monitor, who had 14 people in his charge that morning, jumping from the Tablate bridge.

Police investigators consider that he did not carry out his duties with the “proper care and necessary precautions,” and was therefore negligent, he also allegedly allowed the victim to jump without permission and is thus charged with manslaughter due to negligence.

The owner/manager of the adventure-sports company also stands accused of manslaughter due to negligence, for having allegedly placed only one person in charge of 14 jumpers for a high-risk activity.

The police investigation was carried out by the Unidad Orgánica de Policía Judicial belonging to the Guardia Civil post in Órgiva. Members of the Guardia Civil Mountain-Rescue Team were also involved in the investigation and produced a report of the state of the equipment used in the bungee jumping.

The tragedy occurred, according to the investigation report, when the monitor, who had fitted the harness and cords onto the victim, then went to the other side of the bridge to make sure safety lines were properly tensed. Either through a lack of communication or understanding between the monitor and the victim, she jumped without waiting for the go-ahead from the monitor and before the safety lines were not adjusted sufficiently.

According to the Guardia Civil, there is no evidence to suggest that the company had failed to communicate, in written form, the dangers involved in this activity.

The affair is now in the hands of the law courts.

(News: Lanjarón, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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