This woman is lucky to be alive after jumping from the La Negra Two bridge between Santa Cruz and Cocabamba in central Bolivia. Shyrleny Ribera, a local resident, was in the area with her family and stopped to watch the young woman jump. Ribera captured the tragic jump on video.
“We were in the area and approached there to look at it, as it is not very common to see this kind of sport in the area,” she said according to BREAK (translated). “We saw the lady jumping and for unknown reasons she ended up crashing against the river ground, as it was not deep enough.”
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital before being transferred to a private clinic. Andean Trek, the bungee jump company, paid for all of her medical expenses. Fortunately her injuries were relatively mild for someone who jumped off a bridge and the young woman was released from the hospital less than a week later.
“[She] jumped from a 15-metre (50-foot) bridge,” said Andean Trek’s director Oscar Sandoval (translated). “The company is paying the medical bills. She does not have fractures, according to the first analysis, but we are waiting the secondary analysis that are deeper.”
When asked what caused the accident, Sandoval said (translated) “It was a human mistake, somebody did something wrong. We are checking the videos in order to know who or what released the brake of the rope.”