Bungee death in Spain: Dutch teenager in latest tragedy

A Dutch teenage girl has been killed while bungee jumping from a viaduct near Santander in northern Spain.The 17-year-old fell some 40m (130ft) into a dry riverbed below. The teenager had been in a group from the Netherlands and Belgium staying at a nearby surf camp.Last month, British tourist Kleyo De Abreu died in a bungee jump off a bridge near Granada, southern Spain.She suffered fatal injuries when she hit the wall of the bridge below her.A police spokesman told Dutch media that the latest “ghastly accident” may have been caused by carelessness, although it was unclear what had gone wrong.The teenager had been taking part in a type of bungee jump known as “puenting”, which involves diving with two cords attached, and then swinging beneath the bridge or viaduct.Bungee jumping has become extremely popular in Spain in recent years, both among locals and foreign tourists.Spectacular settings in rural areas of Andalusia in the south, or Cantabria and the Pyrenees in the north are common destinations both for bungee aficionados and first-timers.Companies offer both bungee jumping and its bridge-swinging variant, “puenting”.There have been around 10 deaths linked to bungee jumping since it took off in the 1980s. Prior to the two fatalities this summer, the most recent was that of a 48-year-old man at Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid, in 2013.


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