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Tourist Killed in Bungee-Jumping Accident in Spain

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 12, 2015

Tourist Killed in Bungee-Jumping Accident in Spain

A teenage tourist was killed in an apparent bungee-jumping accident in northern Spain Monday, the Telegraph reported.

Authorities said a 17-year-old Netherlands native fell 130 feet from a bridge over the Cadeja River in the country's Cantabria region. The cause of the fatal accident, the second to occur in Spain in less than a month, remains unclear.

Officials said the girl was attending an organized bungee jumping trip with a group of people.

"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," the BBC reported. 

Local officials told the Telegraph that the emergency personnel arrived on the scene around 8:30 p.m. local time Monday and discovered the victim on the dry part of the riverbed below.

Civil Guard police are now investigating the incident. 

"The girl was so young. We're ready to help her family as much as we can," Mayor Isabel Fernandez told Dutch media via the BBC. 

The tragedy comes just weeks after a 23-year-old British tourist was killed in a bungee-jumping accident near the River Tablate in Spain's Granada province. 

Earlier this year, a 25-year-old tourist visiting Thailand fell 200 feet to his death during a bungee-jumping accident. However in that incident, it was found the company had been operating for years without registration or insurance.

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