Kleyo De Abreu, 23, from London, died in Lanjaron, Granada. Photo / Facebook
A British woman has been killed whilst bungee jumping in Spain.
De Abreu, 23, from London, died at around 3pm yesterday (2am Thursday
NZ time) in Lanjaron, Granada, according to Spanish police. Her aunt
witnessed the tragedy.
It is believed she smashed into an ancient
Roman bridge crossing high above the River Tablate whilst attempting
her second jump of the day.
Miss De Abreu’s father Bernard Atwell
told the BBC: “My daughter is gone and nothing is going to bring her
back, but I have spoken to the family and we are all on the same page –
we don’t want something like this to happen again.”
He described her as “sweet, caring, bubbly and focused”.
The old stone bridge runs below a modern, metallic crossing that she leapt from.
Miss De Abreu was left dangling lifeless from the rope as her aunt watched on in horror.
rescuers took 25 minutes to reach her and pronounced her dead after
freeing her from the bungee cords, laying her body on the tarmac under a
The spot, around 260 feet above sea level, is used by several adventure sports firms.
usually fall for about 20 metres and swing underneath the stone bridge,
with a first jump offered for around £24.50.
A spokesman for the
Guardia Civil in Granada said: “(Miss De Abreu) was staying with her
aunt for a few days and that relative was present when the tragedy
occurred at the Tablate Bridge in the Alpujarras area.
“When emergency services arrived the deceased was still hanging from the rope.
it is too early to draw any conclusions about the circumstances of the
death, one of the lines of inquiry is that there was a miscalculation
with the rope.”
Miss De Abreu was born in London but her parents
separated when she was very young and her mother took her to her native
She was raised in Cape Town but after graduating
from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology she decided to return
to the UK in order to learn more about her British heritage and settled
in Brixton, south London, in March.
She had only recently been reunited with her British father, whom she had not seen for 23 years.
relative told the Daily Telegraph that she had gone travelling around
Europe with her boyfriend and was staying with an aunt and cousins in
Spain when the tragedy occurred.
A Foreign Office spokesman said:
“We are urgently looking into reports of the death of a British
national in Spain and stand ready to provide consular assistance.”
An investigating judge has launched a probe into the tragedy.
is expected to call a series of witnesses in for questioning after
analysing police reports and ordering specialist assessments of what
One theory is that there was a miscalculation relating to the length of the rope.
local website describes bungee jumping from the bridge was a
“hair-raising” experience due to the closeness of the ravine walls
during the fall.
Another boasts: “If you want a huge dose of adrenaline this is your bridge.”
is about 35 miles from Granada on the southern flanks of the Sierra
Nevada mountain range and is famous in Spain for its mineral water.
region is popular with expats and near to the hippy village of Orgiva,
which attracts people living alternative lifestyles from all over the