A Colombian woman dove to her death this week in a tragic mixup. A miscommunication at a bungee jumping site led to her leaping off a bridge without a bungee cord.
Yecenia Morales, 25, was going bungee jumping for the first time with her boyfriend. They had journeyed together to the Amaga viaduct. It is a popular bungee jumping spot in Colombia.
Sky Bungee Jumping organized the expedition, the New York Post reported. Morales and her boyfriend were the company’s 90th jumpers of the day.
Bungee Miscommunication Results In Tragedy
“She got confused,” Gustavo Guzmán, the mayor of Fredonia, told El Tiempo of the miscommunication. It resulted in Morales’s death Sunday in northern Colombia.
What happened was that bungee organizers signaled to Morales’s boyfriend that he could jump. He was before her in line. And his safety cord had been attached securely. Hers had not.
However, Morales had been fitted with a harness. So the young lawyer got mixed up. She assumed the signal was for her. Then she jumped from the bridge without any safety cord. She fell roughly 164 feet into the valley beneath the viaduct.
“The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment,” Guzman said. “They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed.”
Woman Pronounced Dead At The Scene
The young lawyer’s boyfriend watched her fall. Then he clambered down into the valley to try to administer CPR to his dead girlfriend. When firefighters arrived, they declared Morales dead at the scene.
Later medical examinations revealed that Morales may have suffered a heart attack before she even hit the ground. But the injuries from her fall were certainly enough to kill her.
Her boyfriend is reportedly in shock. He is being treated for injuries he acquired while racing down into the valley to try to save Morales.
Meanwhile, local authorities are investigating allegations that a few companies operating at the viaduct were unlicensed.
Morales’s family is heartbroken. Her brother Andres reportedly told local news outlets that she was a happy person with an entrepreneurial spirit.
“My sister is a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends,” he said. “And [she] helped the people in need.”