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Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death
July 22 2017, 10:42 | Van Peters
Vera Mole plunged to her death
In a terribly sad story, a judge has found that a teenage girl died bungee jumping because she misheard her instructor's accent, believing he'd told her to jump when actually he'd said not to.
A 17-year-old girl leaped to her death during a botched bungee jump because she had misunderstood the Spanish instructor's poor English, a court has ruled.
Vera Mol had a rope attached to her, but it wasn't tied to anything else when she took part in the popular adrenaline-fuelled activity on the bridge of Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria back in 2015, the Daily Mail reported.
Klom will now face prosecution for "homicide through negligence", the Telegraph reported. The director argued that Vera Mol was at fault because she had jumped before the instructor told her to, but the appeal judge wasn't having it.
The instructor, who has not been named, has now appeared in court accused of causing the Dutch teenager's death.
Judges also say the instructor should have also checked for ID to make sure the teenager was 18 years old.
Bungee jumping was also prohibited from the bridge in question under Spanish regulations.
The northern Cantabria regional court says the instructor's order of "no jump", instead of "don't jump", may easily have been understood by the victim as "now jump". Her tether was not yet attached to the bridge.
Mol's death resulted in part from a "misunderstanding derived from the incorrect use and pronunciation of English", a ruling seen by Europa Press said.
Flowtrack, who run the bungee jumping company that employed the man, said it was an accident.