A tandem bungee jump turned to tragedy when a young couple plunged more than 200 feet to their deaths from a bridge recently.
Reports say a set of snap-hooks failed when Tiziana Accorra, a 26-year-old university student from Rome, and boyfriend Alberto Galletti, 25, from Siena and a member of Italy’s elite Folgore army parachute regiment, leapt from the bridge together.
The jump occurred at the Polino Jumping Centre, near Arrone in Umbria’s Valnerina valley. Although the jump facility had closed, the pair apparently persuaded the owner, Lorenzo Illuminati, to re-open it.
As the pair jumped and the elastic of the cord became taut, a snap-hook gave way, followed by the safety hook. The center maintains that both hooks were correctly closed and the accident was caused by the metal giving way.
The facility had been used for bungee jumping for six years without accident, and was Accorra’s first jump. Reports say that a few days later another 70 jumps were made without incident.
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