Probe into bungee-jump death ordered

Probe into bungee-jump death ordered
Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong yesterday ordered an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Kuwaiti national, who died while doing a bungee jump in the island's Patong Beach area.

Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong yesterday ordered an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Kuwaiti national, who died while doing a bungee jump in the island's Patong Beach area on Wednesday evening, and checks on the safety standards employed in the sport there.

Initial investigation indicated that the link between the bungee cord and the cuffs around the tourist's ankles broke apart during the 6pm jump, causing the tourist to land on his head, breaking his neck and several ribs, Kathu police superintendent Pol Colonel Chaiwat Ouikham said. The tourist was immediately taken to Patong Hospital, but was pronounced dead later.

No charges have been filed against anybody yet because police are still investigating the case and awaiting witness testimony and expert tests on the equipment, Chaiwat said. Police are also checking to see if the incident should be deemed an accident or recklessness causing death, he added.

The operator of the service has apologised for the incident and offered to take full responsibility. The service has been temporarily closed.

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