Bungee jumper's death partly due to teacher's poor English

CANTABRIA (Spain) • A bungee jumping instructor's poor English was partly to blame for the tragic death of a Dutch teenager in 2015, who jumped off a bridge before the rope around her was secured to the structure, a judge has said.

The Daily Mail news site reported the ruling that 17-year-old Vera Mol died when she leapt from a bridge in Cantabria. She was on a trip organised by a local adventure company. The girl had misunderstood an instruction from the instructor to "No jump" as "Now jump", when he in fact intended to say "don't jump", the judge wrote in the ruling reported by EuropaPress.

The director of the company that organised the jump, FlowTrack, will now face prosecution for homicide through negligence, The Telegraph reported. The employer had argued last year that the teenager jumped before she was told to.

But the appeal judge said the instructor's level of English was not enough to be guiding foreigners in "something as delicate as jumping into the void from an elevated point". Ms Mol's death resulted in part from a "misunderstanding derived from the incorrect use and pronunciation of English".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2017, with the headline 'Bungee jumper's death partly due to teacher's poor English'. Print Edition | Subscribe