Who was Yecenia Morales Gomez? Lawyer falls to her death in tragic bungee jumping accident
A Colombian woman fell to her death while bungee jumping after she plunged from a bridge without the mandatory cord attached to her after she mistook a jump signal that was meant for her boyfriend. Twenty five-year-old Yecenia Morales fell 150ft from a viaduct in Amaga, northern Colombia, on Sunday, July 18. The lawyer was excited for her first-ever bungee jumping experience after traveling to a popular spot organized by Sky Bungee Jumping with her boyfriend, who has not been identified, The Sun reported.
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Morales's partner was ahead of her in the line as they approached the jumping platform. The couple were reportedly the 90th jumpers of the day. The 25-year-old is said to have misunderstood a signal meant for her boyfriend to jump. She assumed it was for her and took the plunge without the bungee cord attached to her ankles, falling to her death as her beau rushed down to help her.
While the boyfriend was the first to find her on the ground and tried to perform CPR, it was in vain. Rescue teams from Amaga pronounced her dead shortly after arriving at the scene.
"She got confused," Gustavo Guzmán, the mayor of the municipality of Fredonia, told El Tiempo. "The signal was for the boyfriend to jump because he was already attached to the security equipment. They had only put the harness on her so she got confused and rushed."
Morales's boyfriend is reportedly in hospital, receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained while rushing downhill to find her. He is said to be in a state of shock. Meanwhile, hospital doctors revealed that Morales suffered a heart attack before hitting the ground.
Yecenia Morales was a happy woman who loved reading, dancing, and had an entrepreneurial spirit, according to her brother Andres. "My sister is a girl with all the best values, happy, spontaneous, with virtues that made her love her friends, and helped the people in need," he said.
Meanwhile, local authorities have launched a probe following claims that the companies offering services and equipment at the site were not authorized to do so. In light of the controversy, Mayor Guzmán said he "immediately told the intelligence investigators to please organize this issue with the aim of issuing a decree because that is not prohibited or by decree," as quoted by the Investigative Journalism Agency.
In May, MEAWW reported how 24-year-old Cameron Perrelli, a client associate at a New York City investment firm, plunged to her death while attending a rooftop birthday party at New York’s East Village.
The incident reportedly took place around 3 am on May 22, during a party on the top of an apartment building on Avenue A near the corner of East 12th St when Cameron tried to cross to an adjacent building and lost her balance near the ledge and fell off. After the accident, she was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but succumbed to her injuries.
In January, MEAWW reported how another New Yorker jumped to her death along with her five-year-old daughter from the roof of a 12-story Manhattan building on Sunday, January 10. According to the New York Police Department, Oksana Patchin, who was recently divorced, and her five-year-old daughter were rushed to St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and died shortly after following the January 10 incident.