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Kuwaiti Man dies in tragic Phuket bungee jump fall

PHUKET: A Kuwaiti man died yesterday (May 27) when the ankle straps he was wearing when he jumped from the World Bungee Jump in Patong came off. Police are currently investigating to find whether this incident was was due to faulty equipment or was just a tragic accident.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 28 May 2015, 10:43AM

Patong Hospital called police at 5:30pm to say that a tourist who had sustained serious injuries in a fall when jumping at the World Bungee Jump on Sai Nam Yen Rd in Patong had died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The victim, whose name has been withheld until his family has been notified, suffered a broken neck and fractured several ribs.

Hospital staff told police that the man had been taken to the hospital in a pick-up truck and that the driver, an employee of World Bungee, had told nurses that the Kuwaiti had fallen from the bungee jump.

Kathu police superintendent, Col Chaiwat Uikum took a team of investigators to the World Bungee Jump, the highest bungee jump in Southern Thailand.

Col Chaiwat said that witnesses told police that the victim̕ had jumped from the bungee platform. As he rebounded from the bottom of his dive the ankle straps came off, and he crashed to the ground next to the lake under the platform.

The victim hit the ground hard, injuring his neck and body.

Police are now try to find out the truth behind this tragic accident and are to inspect all the bungee jump equipment and cords.

Police have contacted the Kuwait embassy so that the family of the deceased can be notified.

The Phuket News can confirm that the police have now closed down the World Bungee Jump until their investigations are complete.  



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BigA | 28 May 2015 - 22:01:28

Would be nice to get the police result,about whats really happen!I think I knew already.

Foot | 28 May 2015 - 19:55:35

For this type of activity, there is no such thing as an "accident."
When something happens, it's the result of carelessness on the operator.  Poor maintenance, lax safety concerns, etc.  It's always the operator's fault.

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