“Poor English” caused the death of teen bungee jumper, Cantabria court rules

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A COURT in Cantabria has ruled that the death of a teenage bungee jumper was caused by her instructors “poor English.”

The 17-year-old plunged to her death last year when she leapt from a viaduct before her rope was attached.

 Reports say the judge determined that the girl was told “no jump”, which she misheard as “now jump” due to the instructor’s poor level of English.

As owner of the company and the man responsible for the group at the time, the court felt he should have not only sought parental permission, but also should have assured that “at least in the worst case scenario” the jump site was safe.

The instructor now faces charges of gross negligence for the death of Vera Mol.

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