The poor English skills of a bungee jump instructor allegedly led to the death of a teen who misheard him and died after jumping too early. Vera Mol, 17, was told “no jump” by the instructor, but heard it as “now jump” — and plunged to her death, reports said. The tragic incident happened on the bridge of Cabezon de la Sal, located in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria in 2015.
The instructor, who has not been named, has now appeared in court accused of causing the Dutch teen’s death. Judges in the court of Cantabria, northern Spain, said the instructor should have checked for ID to make sure Mol was 18 years old, and added that his English was “macarronico” — which means “very bad. ” It was heard Mol died after a misunderstanding during the jumping process.
The instructor is said to have shouted “no jump,” but his pronunciation and English skills were so bad that the teenager believed he had said “now jump” instead and took the plunge, the court heard. It is reported that the instructor should have said “don’t jump” instead of “no jump” to avoid problems. That bridge is also not meant to be used for bungee jumping under Spanish regulations.
Flowtrack, who run the bungee jumping company which employed the man said it was an accident. Martijn Klom from the company said the girl’s death was caused by a misunderstanding when she was receiving instructions for the jump. According to Klom, the girl jumped when she was tied by the rope, but without being secured.