Update: Government threatens legal action against fatal Cantabria bungee jump company

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© Jaume Meneses
Cabezon de la Sal, Cantabria.

THE company that organised a bungee jump excursion where a young Dutch woman fell to her death on Monday (August 10) may now face legal action. 

Cantabria’s regional highways department are reported to be considering fining Aqua 21, an adventure activity company who were subcontracted by holiday firm FlowTrack, for carrying out a ‘banned’ activity on a road bridge. The judicial investigation into the tragic incident continues separately.

Witnesses to the accident have been quoted in the Spanish press suggesting that a fatal misunderstanding may have led to 17-year-old Vera Mol jumping when her harness was not yet secured. A monitor is reported to have told her ‘no jump,’ and the belief is she may have misheard that as ‘now jump.’

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Local authorities in the village of Cabazon de la Sal have denied any knowledge of the bridge being used for such activities, saying no permission had been given.

The young woman was part of a group of around 150 Dutch and Belgian youngsters who were staying at a nearby campsite. 

Her parents are believed to have arrived in Cantabria, and their daughter’s body likely to be returned to the Netherlands in the next week as a post mortem examination has been carried out.

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