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Victoria Falls bungee incident
Victoria Falls Bungee issued a statement today 6 January 2012 following the incident on 31 December 2011.
Further to our release of the 2nd January 2012, attached below, we wish to further advise the following;
We remain in contact with the Australian lady involved in the incident who is recuperating in South Africa where she has received expert medical attention. We are pleased to advise that she has now been released from hospital and although she remains bruised and sore she will shortly be free to return home to Australia.
As a matter of record we wish to highlight her bravery and survival skills, which contributed significantly to her own rescue and her continued positive disposition and strength of character has been an inspiration to us all.
It goes without saying that we deeply regret the incident, which has come as a huge shock to us.
Despite the experience of the crew and parameters and procedures, which have successfully guided the operation for 17 years and over 150,000 jumpers, we were unable to prevent this accident. We take this exceptionally seriously and our objective now is to learn from this incident and review every component part of our operation to determine where we can further minimize the risk of bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge.
To this effect the following preliminary measures have been implemented:
- We have removed all bungee cords from the system, which were made with the same batch of rubber as that used to make the failed cord. These have been retained for further testing
- an entirely new set of bungee cords have been installed on the system. These have been extensively load tested and inspected thoroughly and we are satisfied that they are safe to jump on
- the entire bungee system has been thoroughly inspected and checked and we are fully confident that everything is safe to jump on
- in addition to our normal checks and procedures we have instigated additional daily and intermittent checks on the bungee cords and we are fully satisfied that these checks and procedures are more than sufficient to ensure our clients safety.
- our own crew are conducting test jumps before the commencement of daily operations and throughout the day.
- experts in South Africa have been contacted and we expect them to be on site next week to help us with our ongoing investigations as to the cause of the incident
- the broken cord has been carefully stored and will shortly be sent to South Africa for forensic testing
- a qualified river guide with first aid certification and necessary safety and recovery equipment will be positioned in the gorge below the bridge
In light of the above Victoria Falls Bungee are entirely satisfied that everything humanly possible has been done to ensure the safety of our clients and bungee jumping operations have now recommenced without further incident.