A 56-year-old Japanese tourist died on Sunday shortly after completing a 764-foot bungee jump, one of the highest in the world, from the Macau Tower in China.

The Incident

The tourist, whose identity has not been released, began experiencing shortness of breath after jumping from the tower’s observation deck around 4:30 pm local time. By the time emergency responders arrived, he had stopped breathing and no longer had a heartbeat. He was transported to Conde S. Januário Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him.

No visible injuries were found on the man’s body from the jump itself. The cause of death has not yet been determined as an investigation into the incident is underway.

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Skypark Bungee Jump Operation

The Macau Tower bungee jump is operated by Skypark by AJ Hackett, which runs bungee jumping attractions globally, including in Australia, Singapore, and France. The company says it has facilitated over 4 million safe jumps in its 30+ year history.

Customers are advised to disclose any medical conditions before jumping, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, prior surgeries and epilepsy. The jump from the tower’s observation deck costs around USD $360.

At 764 feet high, it is the second highest commercial bungee jump platform in the world after the 853-foot Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Bungee in China.

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Bungee Jumping Risks

While rare, deaths and injuries can occur in bungee jumping. Customers should carefully evaluate medical fitness for the extreme sport, which puts immense strain on the heart and body from the free fall and rebound.

Operators like Skypark emphasize safety precautions to minimize risks. But unexpected health events or equipment malfunctions can lead to tragedy in some cases.

Sunday’s death marks a somber event for China’s thriving extreme adventure tourism industry. Officials will work to determine factors that may have contributed to the fatal outcome.

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