Tourist dies after bungy jump at AJ Hackett International operation

The Macau Tower is home to China's tallest bungy jump, operated by AJ Hackett International....
The Macau Tower is home to China's tallest bungy jump, operated by AJ Hackett International. Photo: Getty Images

A tourist has died after taking part in the world’s highest bungy jump in Macau.

The 56-year-old visitor, reportedly a Japanese national, was visiting the Skypark on Sunday afternoon, which is operated by AJ Hackett International.

According to officials the visitor was taken to the Conde S Januario Hospital after completing the 233 jump. It is the second highest commercial bungy operation in the world.

The visitor experienced a shortness of breath following the jump and lost consciousness shortly after 4.30pm local time.

He was not responsive and did not have a heartbeat when paramedics arrived at the scene. The unnamed tourist was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Skypark by AJ Hackett asks that tourists disclose any health issues prior to jumping.

Local media reported that the tourist suffered no injuries during the jump and appeared to pass out after the fall.

Perfect safety record

The Skypark website also claims to have a "perfect safety record" over a total of more than four million jumps worldwide.

It operates under a 30-year code of practice, developed with the New Zealand government for adventure sports.

"With each AJ Hackett site being so diverse in their offer of locations and activities, each site operates strictly to site specific operating manuals, using the principles from these standards to safely operate and maintain all of our activities," says the company.

The Skyjump, a bungy activity from the highest building in the Chinese SAR, costs visitors 2888 Macanese paceta (around $580).

In a statement to the New Zealand Herald, the operators extended their condolences to the tourist’s family and said the incident occurred after the jump had happened.

"AJ Hackett Macau Tower Limited is saddened by the death of a tourist following a medical situation at Macau Tower yesterday (3 December) that occurred after the Bungy jump was completed," said a spokesperson for the Skypark.

The visitor had told staff he had felt unwell after landing, after which he was given first aid and emergency services summoned.

"Safety is our top priority, and each and every customer is subject to stringent safety procedures. In yesterday’s incident, the tourist followed all safety requirements before taking the bungy jump."

Skypark by AJ Hackett said that they were cooperating with the relevant authorities in Macau, who had launched an investigation into the tourist’s death.