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On Friday two people died and one was injured during a bungee jump equipment test in Phuket. Pitakchai Wongsricha, 30, and Tossaporn Suksri, 27 were found dead in the passenger car after the slings broke at 8-30pm on Friday. Anupong Kantawong, 37, was injured and transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital.
Mr Tossaporn, a partner of the bungee-jumping business, and Mr Pitakchai, a maintenance staff, tested the system before a commercial service. Mr Anupong tested jumping from a tower. While the three were on top of the 52 meter tower, the slings attached to the car broke, sending it to the ground in freefall.
Authorities are still trying to determine precisely what happened, but it seems the structure was being erected without being licenced. Local village chief Sothaya Raksasub said ”It’s difficult to know too much at present. Everybody is still shocked at this.
‘I can’t even recollect the name of the bungy. The sign only went up today and it was due to open tomorrow.”
In a post on their Facebook page the Samui Bungy Jump said “The staff and owners of Samui Bungy Jump wish to express their deepest sympathy to the families of the two people who lost their lives at the new Bungy Jump in Phuket yesterday.
Bungy Jumping is a very safe and fun activity when the operators are experienced professionals.
Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Rest in Peace to the owner and engineer.”