A Colombian bungee jumper fell to her death this week after a communications mishap caused her to jump off a bridge with no rope attached.
“She got confused,” Gustavo Guzmán, mayor of Fredonia, told El Tiempo of the accident, which happened on Sunday in Amagá, in northern Colombia.
First-time jumper Yecenia Morales, 25, and her anonymous boyfriend had taken to the Amagá Viaduct – a popular bungee jumping spot – on an excursion organized by local company Sky Bungee Jumping , according to Newsflash. The two lovebirds were said to have been the 90th jumpers of the day when they approached the platform.
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Things took a turn for the worse after operators signaled the beau de Morales – who was ahead of her in line – to take the plunge. But, apparently thinking the signal was aimed at him, the young lawyer jumped off the bridge with no security cord attached and fell about 164 feet into the valley below, Newsflash reported.
At this point, Morales’s distraught boyfriend rushed over to his fallen soul mate, after which he unsuccessfully attempted to perform CPR. Firefighters subsequently pronounced him dead at the scene.
In addition to her injuries from the free fall, the young daredevil may have suffered a heart attack before touching the ground, according to later medical reports. Meanwhile, Morales’ boyfriend receives treatment for the injuries he sustained as he rushed to find her and is said to be in shock from the ordeal.
Guzmán has since attributed the tragedy to a huge misunderstanding.
“The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already strapped to the safety gear,” he explained. “They just put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed over. “
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Nevertheless, authorities have opened an investigation into allegations that several companies at the site were unlicensed, according to the Daily Mail.
Morales’s family members have since expressed sorrow for the deceased woman.
“My sister is a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends and helped those in need,” said her bereaved brother Andres. He added that she loved to read and dance and was entrepreneurial.
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