The tragically abrupt end to a Dutch teenager’s life has been blamed on her Spanish bungee instructor’s “poor English,” a judge has ruled, claiming that the youngster jumped too early because she misunderstood his directions.
17-year-old Vera Mol passed away in August 2015 during a visit to Cantabria, Spain, with her friends. They decided to go bungee jumping form the Cedeja viaduct as part of a group trip organized by a local adventure sports company, The Telegraph reported.
Things took a tragic turn when Mol’s heavily-accented instructor meant to say “No Jump,” but the teen interpreted the command as “Now Jump.” She ended up taking the plunge before the bungee cord could be properly secured, causing her to fall to her death.
In a case brought against the company that organized the excursion, the defense argued that it was Mol’s fault because she leapt off the bridge before she was cleared to do so safely. However, a judge has ruled that the company’s director will be charged with homicide through negligence because of the instructor’s communication difficulties.
“The use of the poor English ‘no jump’ could perfectly well be understood as an explicit order to jump by the victim,” the judge said. He also noted that the instructor could not speak English well enough to safely guide someone in “something as delicate as jumping into the void from an elevated point.”
The judge also took issue with the location of the jump, which was inherently wrong and dangerous since Spanish law prohibits viaduct jumping and there was not enough space for the teens to stand except on the edge of the bridge. On top of it all, the judge argued that Mol was not old enough to bungee jump without parental consent, but neither the company director nor the instructor checked to see if she had obtained permission.