17-Year-Old Dies in Bungee-Jumping Accident

Dutch girl fell 130 feet to her death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2015 11:04 AM CDT
17-Year-Old Dies in Bungee-Jumping Accident
A stock photo of a bungee jumper.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A 17-year-old Dutch girl has died while bungee-jumping in northern Spain, say Spanish authorities, marking the second fatal accident involving the sport in less than a month in the country. Emergency medical services in the northern region of Cantabria said the unnamed girl died late yesterday after falling some 130 feet from a viaduct on a highway near the town of Cabezon de la Sal. The Local reports the teen's body hit the dry riverbed below. "Apparently, she was not fully secured when she jumped," a local official told the AFP.

The teen was reportedly on a camping trip with a group whose jumps yesterday were arranged by an adventure sports company. On July 21, a 23-year-old British woman died after bungee-jumping from a bridge close to the southern city of Granada. The Local notes the jump supervisor and the owner of the company that facilitated the jump have been charged with manslaughter. (Read more deadly accident stories.)

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