A tourist from Hong Kong who was on vacation, went bungee jumping in Thailand when the bungee cord that he was attached to snapped and sent him falling into the waters below.
The park where the man bungee jumped from, then offered compensation of a meagre HK$2,300 (or SGD$392) in return.
Went bungee jumping
HK01 reported that the tourist, Mike, visited Thailand last month with his colleagues and went bungee jumping at a part located in Pattaya.
Before jumping down, they were reportedly handed a document relating to the jump and the terms and conditions.
The friends then signed it without giving it much though before proceeding to take a lift to the top of a crane, where they were supposed to jump off of, that was about 10 storeys high.
Mike’s friend jumped off first, and he was excited to go next after seeing how fun it looked, and when his turn came, the staff member tied the bungee cord to his feet before pushing off the edge.
Bungee cord snapped
Mike then dove down about 30 metres with his arms wide open, enjoying the fall when his bungee cord suddenly snapped and broke when he was about 5 metres above the water.
He ended up falling all the way down to the bottom of the lake and blacked out, but quickly regained consciousness and swam to the surface of the water.
Staff members at the park then hurriedly jumped in to rescue him before sending him to the hospital for further treatment.
Speaking to HK01, Mike said that he was in such intense pain that it made him dizzy, and because he fell into the water armpit first, he had lost a layer of skin from his armpit.
He also suffered bruising and swelling on his left knee, chest and body, and there his left eye was also left reddened and swollen.
Mike was also shocked when the doctors deemed him to be fine and didn’t bother to clean of bandage up his wounds, giving him some painkillers instead and asking him to leave.
Following the accident, he reached out to the park and demanded compensation from them in an email, highlighting how he and his friends have suffered various losses in the incident and calling them out for being irresponsible.
According to HK01, the park reportedly only offered him a refund of HK$500 (SGD$85) for the bungee jumping, and another HK$1,800 (SGD$307) to cover his medical bills.
However, they wanted him to sign a form clearing them of all responsibility in the incident IF he wants to file a claim for his medical fees.
Mike has since rejected them for the unsatisfactory offer, and has reached out to the Tourism Authority of Thailand for help.
So far he had racked up more than HK$50,000 (SGD$8,540) in medical fees and has been hospitalised for three days, but thankfully it is covered by his travel insurance.