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Apr 13, 2009 at 03:00am IST

Bungee jump ends in tragedy

Bangalore: A 25-year-old marine engineer, Bhargav, plunged to his death as the harness snapped while he was attempting bungee jumping near Bannerghatta on Saturday.

Bhargav had come all the way from Chennai to have some fun over the weekend, but he ended up paying a heavy price for it.

Bhargav was trying reverse bungee jumping on the outskirts of Bangalore when his safety straps snapped and he hit the ground. He suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Eyewitnesses said that there were no ambulances, no safety nets, not even a first aid kit at the adventure camp.

“He went for bungee jumping. The first time he took the regular jump. Then the second time he tried reverse bungee jumping. That is when the cord snapped and he fell from nearly 170 feet. Nobody came to his rescue,” an inconsolable relative said.

The police have registered a case of negligence against the organisers under Section 304 A of the IPC and arrested three persons.

It is evident that the organisers had not followed basic safety procedures, and it's cut short the life of a young man who was seeking some fun. His death has raised questions of whether safety norms are being followed by organisers of such adventure sports.

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