23-Year-Old British Woman Dies After Bungee-jumping Accident in Spain

Family: Bernard Atwell (right) today said relatives are in shock at the death of his daughter, who he described as 'sweet, caring, bubbly and focused' (PHOTO CREDIT: PA)
Family: Bernard Atwell (right) today said relatives are in shock at the death of his daughter, who he described as ‘sweet, caring, bubbly and focused’ (PHOTO CREDIT: PA)

A British woman has died after crashing into a bridge as she bungee-jumped in front of her aunt during a dream Spanish holiday.

Kleyo de Abreu Atwell, 23, was killed instantly after jumping off of a modern bridge near the mountain village of Lanjaron and smashing into the old stone Tablate Bridge below.

The horrific incident took place at around 2.45pm yesterday afternoon and left Miss de Abreu dangling lifeless from the rope as her relative watched on in horror.

Her father Bernard Atwell today said relatives are in shock at the death of the aspiring fashion and design student, who he described as ‘sweet, caring, bubbly and focused’.

An investigating judge has already launched a probe into the tragedy.

One of the theories being investigated today was that the tragedy happened after a miscalculation relating to the length of the rope.

The tragedy occurred around 2.45pm yesterday afternoon at the Tablate Bridge near the mountain village of Lanjaron. She was doing her second jump of the day with a local adventure sports firm when the tragedy struck.

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Granada told the Press Association: ‘The dead woman is a British 23-year-old from London called Kleyo de Abreu.

According to her Facebook page, Miss de Abreu moved to Brixton in south London in March.

The spot she jumped from – a 20-year-old metallic bridge crossing high above the River Tablate – is around 260 feet above an ancient Roman bridge which she smashed into.

Mr Atwell said his daughter had been visiting her aunt Gabriela and cousins in southern Spain after travelling in Morocco.

‘She was originally from London and had returned recently from living in Cape Town in South Africa to follow her passion and study fashion,’ he explained.

‘My primary concern is for people when they are just having fun…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 added.

‘Every father will say this but she was very special, she was a very beautiful young woman who had all her life ahead of her,’ he went on to say.

‘She was 23 years old but to me she will always be my little baby and I would very much like to make sure this doesn’t happen again to anybody else.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, John Hall and Gerard Couzens

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