A teenager has plunged to her death on a bungee jump after mishearing an instructor’s bad English.
Vera Mol, 17, was told ‘no jump’ by the instructor on the bridge of Cabezon de la Sal in northern Spain.
However, she misheard it as ‘now jump’ and so sadly leapt to her untimely death back in 2015.
Judges in the court of Cantabria said that the accident happened because of the unnamed instructor’s poor English skills.
The instructor appeared in court accused of causing the Dutch girl’s death.
Judges say that the instructor should have checked Vera’s ID to ensure that she was at least 18-years-old and that his English was ‘macarronico’ meaning ‘very bad’.
Furthermore, the instructor was meant to say ‘don’t jump’ instead of ‘no jump’ to avoid confusion and the bridge was not supposed to be used for bungee jumping under Spanish rules.
The company which employed the man, Flowtrack, have said it was an accident caused by a misunderstanding of instructions.
They added that the girl jumped when she was tied by the rope without being secured to the bridge.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.