A bungee jumper has died after falling 150ft because she reportedly misunderstood her instructor.
Yecenia Morales Gómez and her boyfriend had gone to Sky Bungee Jumping Amaga in Colombia last July to try out the extreme sport for the first time.
Local reports claim the 25-year-old heard the instructor saying to jump and thought the instruction was meant for her, when the command was actually for her boyfriend – and as her harness and bungee cord weren’t attached yet, she went falling to her death.
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Local mayor Gustavo Guzmán told news outlet El Tiempo: “She got confused. The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment.
"They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed.”
Gómez's boyfriend attempted to perform CPR on her, but to no avail.
She was pronounced dead on the scene, with medical reports later revealing she died of a heart attack during the fall.
Sky Bungee has denied the claims that Gómez got the commands confused and said no one else was bungee jumping at the same time as her.
In a statement, the company said: “It is not true, as reported, that Yecenia Morales Gómez’s jump was due to the confusion of a jump command given to her friend.
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“At the time of the accident, nobody jumped, neither her boyfriend nor anyone else.
“Our protocol is designed for single jumps and with only one person per jump. It means that in order to jump a person must finish everything related to the previous person’s jump."
Sky Bungee added that a video of the incident that went viral shows a person who had jumped earlier being recovered and says there was no possibility of any confusion.
The company said they are cooperating with investigations and have surrendered documentation of their activities.
Gómez’s family has since paid tribute to the late thrillseeker, who they remembered as having an entrepreneurial spirit and loving to dance.
Her brother, Andrés Morales, said: “My sister is a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends, and helped the people in need."
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