Saturday, February 26, 2005
Here's another case of a young man dying because nobody used common sense.
Chris Thomas, a 20-stone photographic technician from Llanelli, plunged to his death after leaping from a 180ft crane in the car park of a pub in Swansea.For those of us who never learned metric, this young man weighed 291 pounds. Why in the world would anyone let him bungee jump? If I owned a bungee business, there's no way I would have let it happen. This kid weighed way too much. Why didn't his family try to talk him out of it? Why did he even want to do it? Did he have a death wish? I'm sorry but this was just a stupid occurrence that never should have happened.
The appalling accident at the Old Barn Inn in Pontlassau, Morriston, was witnessed by onlookers at a family fun day including Chris's girlfriend Helen Perkins, 23, and his parents David and Yvonne Thomas who were filming the jump.
An inquest in Swansea heard yesterday that Chris, who lived with Helen in Canton, Cardiff, weighed 132kg, or 20st 10lb. But an expert investigation discovered that the rope holding him had a maximum load weight of just 90kg, and should not have safely held more than 70kg.
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