How did this 20-year-old die during bungee jump?
INVESTIGATORS are still looking for answers as to why this 20-year-old nurse died in a bungee jump accident.
Ciara Romero, from Colorado, tragically lost her life in a 21m leap on January 4. However, investigators say the device at the centre of the accident was functioning properly.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the jump's participants use a harness connected to a rope to climb a silo tower, then transfer to a wooden platform and jump off, down another tower, while attached to a rope.
Those taking part then fall for about 6m and are caught by the device and lowered slowly to the ground.
"This inspection involved testing which subjected the device to various loading profiles across a range of weights, where the velocity and force were recorded in simulated descents," according to a statement from the company published by the Sentinel.
"The inspection and testing determined that the device, webbing and triple-locking carabiner were found to be intact, and functioning normally, with no apparent damage," the company said.
Having ruled out the device as a factor in her death, state investigators will look at witness statements and continue to share information with local police.
"We're looking at all possible causes," Cher Haavind, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, told the Sentinel.
"This is extremely rare, which is why the investigation is taking longer."
Get Air, the company which organised the jump, released a statement last week saying the business "feels deep sorrow and profound sympathy for (Romero's) family and friends in their loss, and expresses its sincere condolences to them". It also thanked first-responders for responding and assisting Romero and her family.
"We are fully co-operating with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Colorado State regulatory agencies in their investigations of the incident. We will have no further comment regarding this investigation or incident," the statement said.