Bungee Jumping Crossed Off

@flapiz (18422)
United Kingdom
August 5, 2022 2:36am CST
It has always been a dream of mine to overcome my fear and do bungee jumping at least once in my life BUT, I have decided to cross it off my list without even trying it because of a terrible incident that my boyfriend forwarded to me today. A woman died in Kazakistan yesterday attempting the feat. The cables snapped. And here I was thinking that due to the danger it pertains there must be quality measures done to ensure things like this does not happen. This put me off bungee jumping completely.
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@Beestring (3416)
• Hong Kong
5 Aug
Accidents do happen in such kind of activities. Never thought of trying bungee jumping. I've tried parasailing in Pattaya, Thailand some years ago. It was fun.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
I may be persuaded to parasail. Do I need to have good sense of balance for this cause I don't.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@Beestring Oh then crossing that out of the list too. I am a very clumsy individual.
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@Beestring (3416)
• Hong Kong
5 Aug
@flapiz yes, you do need to have some sense of balance.
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@gtdoss (476)
5 Aug
How awful for that poor woman in Kazakistan! I have such a huge fear of heights that I've never even considered bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, or sky-diving. I figure there's enough scary things in life that I don't have to go looking for it, LOL! Sorry that your bungee-jumping dreams have been dashed, though.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
Does your fear of heights prevent you from going on airplanes? Yeah I am sorry to disappoint myself but I don't want to be the next one on the news.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@gtdoss Oh gee. How did you manage it 26 years ago? And where did you go to?
@gtdoss (476)
5 Aug
@flapiz Yes, my fear of heights does prevent me from going on airplanes. The last airplane I went on was 26 years ago for my honeymoon!
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
5 Aug
You had a ankle problem and now it would not be advisable to try.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@LadyDuck My first time actually.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
No this one is definitely off my list of things to do bad ankle or good ankle aside. It is scary the lack of stringent quality control measures for this thing.
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
5 Aug
@flapiz It is not the first time that I read of this kind of accidents.
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@DaddyEvil (88283)
• United States
5 Aug
I always wanted to do a parachute jump but I'm extremely afraid of heights so that won't ever happen. Everything is dangerous in one way or another. You just have to choose what you want your life to be like and go for it at times.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
I still want to do that too. Jump off an airplane. I have no had the opportunity yet. Bungee jumping though I was given the opportunity twice to do it and I was too scared to. Now I am scared to point of no return after reading such news.
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@DaddyEvil (88283)
• United States
5 Aug
@flapiz Then you really don't want to watch the YT videos showing accidents that happened with beginners taking their first parachute jumps, either. (One video shows the instructor forgetting to attach himself to the harness and having to hang onto the newbie all the way to the ground.)
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@DaddyEvil Oh no definitely not watching those. Gosh those videos just adds more to the anxiety. The thought of jumping off a plane is already scary as it is.
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@moffittjc (106628)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 Aug
Safety standards are different from country to country, and even within each country. I would stick to bungee jumping in countries with well established safety standards and laws, including most European countries, Canada, Unites States, and Australia. And then within those countries look up the safety records of each of the bungee jump companies. Seeing the cable snap for one person would not stop me from doing, just like watching one plane crash would not stop me from flying. Statistically, the probably of dying from a snapped bungee cable is very low.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug
@moffittjc No not really. It should be the safest mode of travel. But maybe not take the same airlines
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
Well statistically it should be low because the people partaking on it aren't a lot to begin with. I do admire your guts. But I lost my bravery after that news
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@moffittjc (106628)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Aug
@flapiz So if you see news of a plane crash, will you stop flying?
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@yoalldudes (32728)
• Philippines
5 Aug
Instances like these do happen like in a roller coaster. I used to want to go swimming with a "butanding" whaleshark I believe. Ive given up on that.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
I want to do that too. That one is doable. Why have you given up on that?
@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug
@yoalldudes Oh do you know what brought about this feeling? And how about getting wet in the showers?
@yoalldudes (32728)
• Philippines
6 Aug
@flapiz I have developed anxiety and dislike for getting wet.
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@rsa101 (35260)
• Philippines
5 Aug
It's true that anything may happen; no matter how carefully they designed the jumping, there's always a chance that something will just fail without your handlers noticing. My coworker tried it in Africa when she was over 60 years old. She mentioned that was the last time she would do it because she had bodily aches for weeks, even though it was an exhilarating experience for her.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
I somehow thought it could be a sabotage rather than an accident. But I have been watching too many crime movies lately Wow your cowoker is very brave to do that in her 60s. She must be an adrenaline junkie. I commend her for her bravery!
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@rsa101 (35260)
• Philippines
5 Aug
@flapiz Oh yes she is just too brave that right after retirement from us, she volunteered to work in Africa at an NGO there. Then she took advantage of exploring the place and there she got the chance to do bungee jumping. Besides that, she loves to go on scuba diving and up to this day she does swim and she is in her 70s already.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@rsa101 I wish I can be like her. I want to volunteer at some point in my life too. I still am yet to learn scuba diving.
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@snowy22315 (140708)
• United States
5 Aug
In my younger days this is something I did consider, but certainly not now. I guess maybe I will focus on a tandem sky dive.
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@snowy22315 (140708)
• United States
5 Aug
@flapiz Not really, but I would like to try it. Of course I had a friend who broke her leg skydiving..
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
Wow. That's one thing I would love to do too. You must be really adventurous.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
@snowy22315 Oh no. How did that happen? Did she land wrongly?
@allknowing (104030)
• India
6 Aug
That has deterred you from attempting I see. Better that way than live in fear.
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@allknowing (104030)
• India
6 Aug
@flapiz How about climbing the Himalayas?
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug
Yeah I mean I really love adventure but I love my life more. Maybe I'll try a hot air balloon first.
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@FourWalls (45860)
• United States
11 Aug
I’m sorry to hear about the accident. I can’t take heights anymore, so that nixes bungee jumping for me, even without the built-in dangers. I’m also old now, so my body couldn’t handle the jolts to it that bungee jumping causes.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug
Well that's good you have managed to avoid it on your young age. How old are you mate?
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@FourWalls (45860)
• United States
11 Aug
@flapiz — old enough to know better! I’m 62.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
That's very sad. I should think that in most places there would be very stringent safety measures in place.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
That was my impression too before I heard this news. To think people trust you with their lives before they jump.
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@porwest (55526)
• United States
11 Aug
That's me. Or I should say, my kind of luck. I have never once wanted to ever try this feat, sure that either a cable would snap or it would be too long. No thanks for me on this one. lol
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug
Hahaha are you saying you're usually unlucky?
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug
@porwest hahaha well you can sell it or give it to me.
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@porwest (55526)
• United States
12 Aug
@flapiz I'd eventually win a comb...when I am bald. lol
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@Nakitakona (51056)
• Philippines
9 Aug
I'm not daring to do that thing besides I have a phobia of heights.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
9 Aug
Well anyway it is smart not to do this
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@Nakitakona (51056)
• Philippines
9 Aug
@flapiz Yes you're right.
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@LouAvul (274)
11 Aug
Oh no, I couldn't do it, although I thought I would when I was younger. No, much too dangerous.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug
I wanted to do it. It's been on my bucket list for so long but now I don't want anything to do with it.
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@dodo19 (46205)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
5 Aug
I do feel really bad for this woman. I've never considered doing this. I do have a fear of heights so it's not something I've ever really wanted to do.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
Yeah I feel bad for her too, as well as, her family. They probably did not expect her not to come back after the jump.
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5 Aug
I’m with you. I also wanted to do it for a long time and then I got put off by all the accidents happening around the world. The risk outweighs the benefits.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug
Yeah it only needs to fail once and you're doomed. It's not like we can take back things when we fall mid air and harness snaps.
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