NEW YORK POST – A Colombian bungee-jumper plummeted to her death after a communications mishap.
“She got confused,” Gustavo Guzmán, the mayor of Fredonia, told El Tiempo of the freak accident, which occurred 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.
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.
Morales’ distraught boyfriend rushed down to his fallen soulmate, whereupon he futilely attempted to perform CPR. Firefighters later pronounced her dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, Morales’ boyfriend is receiving treatment for wounds he sustained while scrambling down to find her and is reportedly in shock over the ordeal …
BUNGEE JUMPING, “HOT POT,” PARKOUR, AND OTHER DARWIN AWARD-WORTHY STUNTS
- “An Oregon man who died after falling into a boiling hot spring at Yellowstone National Park was looking for a place to “hot pot,” or soak in warm water, according to a final accident report.” – Huffington Post, Feb 20, 2019
- “A Hong Kong Instagram star tragically plummeted to her death after she slipped while snapping a selfie at a waterfall.” – NY POST, July 13, 2021
- “Even professional bungee jumpers [wait, there are professional bungee jumpers? – Ed.] make these mistakes and are at risk for fatal injuries. The day before the Super Bowl in 1997, a professional bungee jumper who was practicing for the halftime show at the Superdome hit her head on the cement floor during a jump and died from head injuries.” – Livestrong
- “A 17-year-old Russian boy fell to his death while doing parkour, a popular pastime among the youth. The boy was on the roof of a seven-story building with his two [so-called] friends. As his [so-called] friends started recording a video, he tried to jump to the roof of a nearby building but failed. He hit his head on a window ledge and was pronounced dead at the scene.” – Daily Sabah, March 19, 2019
- “23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott walked off the designated boardwalks in Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin and fell into one of the park’s acrid, boiling hot springs. The water, some of the hottest in the park at approximately 199 degrees, likely killed him in a matter of moments.” – OUTSIDE magazine, Jun 16, 2016
- “A 2018 study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found that some 259 people worldwide have died while taking selfies from 2011 to 2017.” – CBS NEWS
- “PETERBOROUGH, Canada – A man testing bungee jumping equipment at a fairground plunged to his death over the weekend in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers. The bungee cord had not been secured, police said.” Associated Press, August 2, 1992
- “A grown man fell to his death while posing for a picture on a ledge at Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel in Peru. But death by selfie at a temple built for human sacrifice begs the question: How far would you go to get that killer shot?” – Rolling Stone, July 14, 2016
- “A state ban on bungee jumping, prompted by the death of a Michigan jumper, is an unfair overreaction to an unusual event, a bungee jump operator says.”If it is done professionally and operators are experienced, bungee jumping is a very safe sport,” said Amy Ross, co-owner of World Bungee International Inc. “They shouldn’t regulate us out of existence.” – Buffalo News, July 12, 1992
- “The study found that the three most common selfie-related deaths include drowning, transport-related transports – such as taking a selfie in front of an oncoming train – and falling from heights.” – CBS NEWS
- “Death, unfortunately, does occasionally occur as a result of bungee jumping. If a jumper’s neck is entangled in the cord for even a few minutes, his brain cannot get enough oxygen and his injury will be fatal. Another common reason people sustain fatal injuries from bungee jumping is because the cord is too long. People incorrectly take into account the elasticity of the cord and hit their heads on the ground, dying from impact.” – Livestrong
- “Frequent injuries [from bungee jumping] have included dislocations, rope burn, back injuries and eye trauma.” – HealthResearchFunding.org