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Woman dies in front of her aunt in bungee jump tragedy

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Kleyo De Abreu
Kleyo De Abreu

A woman has died in a tragic bungee jump accident on holidays in Spain.

23-year-old Kleyo De Abreu from London was killed yesterday in Lanjaron in Granada, Spain.  

The tragedy occurred at the Tablate Bridge in the Alpujarras area.

Her devastated father has described her as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused".

"When emergency services arrived the deceased was still hanging from the rope,” said Spanish police.

"Although it is too early to draw any conclusions about the circumstances of the death, one of the lines of inquiry is that there was a miscalculation with the rope."

The Tavkate Vridge is a popular spot for bungee jumpers with thrill seekers paying €35 for their first jump.

Her father, Bernard Atwell, said relatives were in shock at the death of his daughter, who was of South African and Portuguese heritage on her mother's side.

He said Ms De Abreu had been visiting her aunt Gabriela and cousins in southern Spain after travelling in Morocco.

Mr Atwell, 49, said: "She was originally from London and had returned recently from living in Cape Town in South Africa to follow her passion and study fashion.

"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.

"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.

"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."