Pattaya Daily News

06 October 2009 :: 23:10:37 pm 2404

Tourist Survives Botched Bungee Jump Fall

October 6, 2009, [PDN]: British student tourist survives a 50m/165ft bungee jump which went badly wrong, failing to arrest his fall as he hit the water of the Phuket lagoon at 80mph/130kmh). He sustained a ruptured spleen, torn liver, collapsed lungs and massive bruising, spending a month in a Bangkok hospital after the jump on 30 July, 2009.
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“I don’t think you’re meant to go down on these kind of things” were Rishi Baveja’s almost fatal last words as he launched himself off into space from the 50m-high platform of the bunjee jump at the Jungle Bungy Centre in Kathu, which also has sites in Pattaya and Chiang Mai. He proved himself right in his assumption as the harness around his feet came free and he continued accelerating until he hit the surface at approximately 80mph/130kmh; an impact equivalent to a car crash. It was only because he managed to absorb the full force of the impact on his chest, that he escaped fatal head injuries. After the accident, Rishi was taken to a Bangkok hospital where he says “All the doctors were staggered that I lived. I’m very lucky. If I had landed head first, I would be brain damaged or dead.” His hospital expenses were paid by the Jungle Bungy Centre’s insurance company.

22-year-old Rishi Baveja’s was celebrating his graduation from Cambridge University with a month in Phuket and after reading the ad. for the Jungle Bungy Jump on a Phuket website, including its claim to be 100% safe, decided to go along and try. Jungle Bungy Jump’s owner, Terry Pearce, said Rishi’s was the first accident the company had had in over 140,000 jumps during its 17 years of operation.

“He didn’t follow instructions,” Pearce said. “He jumped with his feet first, panicked and bicycle-kicked his way out of his harness. In 17 years we’ve never had anyone jump like that before.” Apparently, Jungle Bungy Jump had now changed the material used to wrap the jumper’s legs to a new material. “If someone jumps exactly the way he did, it won’t happen again. I can guarantee that,” Pearce asserted.

Rishi said he didn’t know how the harness had become loose, but he would not be suing the operators because he doesn’t think there is any likelihood of success.

‘I knew the jump would be scary but I didn’t think it was dangerous. I didn’t need to do that jump. I wish I hadn’t.’

Despite his horrifying ordeal Rishi is determined to tempt fate once more by going sky diving next!

Acknowledgments to
The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Daily Mirror and the Phuket Gazette.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Lifestyle

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