56-year-old Japanese bungee jumper experiences respiratory distress and cardiac arrest at Macao Tower before being certified dead this evening (Updated: 9.30pm)

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3rd December 2023 – (Macao) A 56-year-old Japanese man engaged in the popular activity of bungee jumping at Macao Tower and experienced respiratory distress and cardiac arrest upon landing. Prompt action was taken as firefighters swiftly responded to the situation and transported the victim to the hospital for urgent medical attention. He was subsequently certified dead this evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 4.30pm when the fire broke department and police received a distress call regarding an injured individual at Macao Tower. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered the victim without any visible external injuries but lacking both respiration and heartbeat. Witnesses at the scene reported that the individual began experiencing respiratory distress after completing the bungee jump and subsequently lost consciousness. The firefighters wasted no time in rushing the man to the hospital for immediate resuscitation and treatment.

According to the Macao Government Tourism Office, as announced on 22nd February this year, the bungee jump at the Macao Tower is the highest in the world. Jumpers leap from a platform at a height of 233 meters and reach a speed of 200 kilometres per hour, zooming through the air at freefall for only 4 to 5 seconds.

The bungee jumping activity, is operated by the global adventure travel company “AJ Hackett.” It stands at a height of 223 meters, making it the highest “Bungee Jump” in the world, breaking the Guinness World Record for the “highest commercial decelerator descent.” The price for participation is 2,888 MOP per person. According to their official website, participants are required to fill out a liability waiver known as a “life and death declaration” before taking part in the activity. Participants with conditions such as hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, pregnancy, epilepsy, previous dislocations, neurological disorders related to prosthetic limbs, sprains, asthma, or hearing impairments are responsible for informing the staff. However, the website states that these health conditions do not necessarily disqualify customers from participating in the adventure activity.