Bungee instructor's 'poor English' led to 17-year-old girl jumping without attached rope in Spain: Court ruling

Ms Veral Mol had a rope tied to her when she jumped, but it was not attached to anything else.
Ms Veral Mol had a rope tied to her when she jumped, but it was not attached to anything else. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

CANTABRIA - A bungee jumping instructor's poor English was said to have contributed to the 2015 death of a 17-year-old girl in northern Spain.

The incident, which occurred at the Cabezon de la Sal bridge in August that year, caused Ms Vera Mol - who was Dutch - to make the jump before her rope was attached to the bridge.

Ms Mol, according to a judge's ruling reported in local media, had misunderstood the instructor's instruction of "no jump" as "now jump".

The unnamed instructor's level of English was found to have been insufficient to be guiding foreigners in such an activity.

The ruling added that Ms Mol's death resulted in part from a "misunderstanding derived from the incorrect use and pronunciation of English".

She was part of a group trip organised by local adventure sports company Aqua 21 Aventura, which was not licensed to organise jumps from the bridge.

It had also failed to verify Ms Mol's age and seek permission from her guardians for the jump.

The director of the company now faces prosecution for homicide through negligence.