The nightmare that keeps many from going bungee jumping has become a reality for 39-year-old Mike from Hong Kong. The tourist jumped from a ten-storey platform in an adventure park on vacation in Thailand. The cord broke and he landed with a crash in the water. Miraculously, he can tell the story.
Footage of the terrifying ordeal went viral this week after the tourist went public with his story. Mike – who only wants to use his first name to avoid online harassment – tells CNN What happened. He was on holiday in Thailand with friends in January and visited the Changthai Thappraya Safari and Adventure Park, an amusement park in the northwest of Pattaya city. You can do everything from ziplining to target practice.
Mike especially wanted to enjoy himself at the shooting range, but was challenged by his friends to do a bungee jump above water. He climbed onto a thirty-foot platform – equivalent to a ten-story building. “It was really high, so I closed my eyes. I planned to open them again when I bounced back up,” said Mike. “I realized the rope had snapped when I opened my eyes and I was surrounded by water.”
The cord broke at its lowest point, about five meters above the water. This can also be seen on the video that his friends made of the bungee jump. The blow was hard: he would have been knocked out for a few seconds. He managed to surface and attempted to swim, though his feet were bound together by the lower half of the snapped cord. Eventually, theme park staff was able to get him out of the water and he was taken to hospital by ambulance.
“I landed on my left side, so the injuries were more serious there,” Mike told CNN, describing his bruises. “It was like someone had beaten me up.” He was discharged after three days in the hospital.
Mike says the park reimbursed the cost of his jump and also reimbursed the X-rays and ultrasounds in Thailand, but he will not be reimbursed. “It’s a joke,” he says, according to the Hong Kong news site HK01.
Nithit Intim, founder of the park, confirmed to CNN the accident, saying it was the first time he had seen a cord snap. Mike would have signed a liability waiver before making the jump. “Our staff explained to him that if an accident occurs, our company will reimburse the medical costs, but the customer cannot claim reimbursement for other costs.”
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