UK Bungee Club explains how to check your jump is safe

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A British woman has died while bungee jumping from a bridge in Spain.

Aspiring fashion student Kleyo De Abreu, 23, from London had been visiting family in Lanjaron, Granada.

It's not yet clear how it happened, but Spanish police said one possibility they're investigating is a miscalculation of the length of the rope.

Kleyo's dad said the family were in shock. He described her as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused".

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How safe is bungee jumping?

Andy Ridell, UK Bungee Club's technical director, tells Newsbeat that European safety standards are "very good".

"I would say that your car journey to the actual bungee jump event is far, far more dangerous."

In this guidance, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says companies have to follow health and safety laws and are responsible for taking the right precautions.

The HSE website says a fatal accident happened in 2002, but there have been no recorded accidents since.

Bungee jump v bridge swing

It's been widely reported Kleyo died during a bungee jump, but Andy thinks, based on current information, it could have been a bridge swing.

The two are similar, but they use different types of rope and are rigged slightly differently.

A bungee jump uses elastic rope that stretches, while a bridge swing rope doesn't stretch as much.

The bridge swing, as the name suggests, involves someone swinging in a pendulum motion after the jump.

A bungee jump is a vertical fall where the person bounces until they gradually stop.

What to expect and look for

image captionAndy Ridell, UK Bungee Club's technical director

"When you arrive, you should be told exactly what you're going to do, what the risks are, what the complications are, what could happen, so none of it's a surprise," Andy says.

He calls this "informed participation" - so people can decide whether to go ahead or not.

"As far as safety checks go, you should be weighed because your weight makes a huge difference on the way that the systems perform.

"And also be checked that you haven't got anything loose in your pocket - watches, jewellery or money."

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Andy says he always advises people to look at the system being used, including whether there's a back-up harness in case the first one fails.

He adds there should be more than one crew member checking everything.

"Your lead instructor should be making all the checks from top to bottom. But everything should also be second checked by another crew member."

In the UK, Andy says the ropes are all pre-made for a specific height of jump.

"Ropes are always measured in the morning to make sure they haven't stretched. The height of the jump is measured as well to make sure its not too high or too low.

"There are multiple bungee ropes to allow for different weight categories."

Lastly, a key thing for Andy is to check the company is reputable.

"Look at the reviews. How is the customer service? How were they treated? Do the crew look like they're on the ball?

"All these things give you a feel of how safe that activity is. You're looking for back-ups, you're looking for rigging, the checks. If those things aren't there, I would certainly advise people to think twice before they carry on."

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