Nurse, 23, dies after falling nearly 20m from zip-line platform

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A young nurse plunged nearly 20 metres to her death through a water park zip-line platform condemned by accident experts as hastily built.

Yasmili Araujo, 23, had gone with her boyfriend and friends to the Piracema Park Club water park in Rio Branco, northern Brazil, on July 2.

Witnesses said she climbed to the top of the zip-line launch platform without any protection.

Then as she climbed onto it, she disappeared through a hole before being offered a safety harness.

Nurse Yasmili Araujo who died on July 2, after falling from a zip-line at the Piracema Park Club water park in Rio Branco, Acre in Brazil.
Nurse Yasmili Araujo died after falling from a zip-line at the Piracema Park Club in Brazil. Source: CEN/Australscope

She plummeted up to 20 metres, according to firemen who treated her at the scene for multiple fractures.

Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she died of a heart attack on the way.

"Piracema Park Club provided all support and attention to the young woman's family and, after the accident, closed the activities of the attraction, which will only return to operation after investigation by the relevant authorities regarding the causes of the accident," the water park said in a statement.

Lieutenant Eurico Fernando of the Fire Department said the launch platform had not been signed off by an engineer.

The park did not respond to this allegation.

Yasmili on the zip-line platform minutes before the nurse Yasmili Araujo fell.
The zip-line minutes before the nurse Yasmili Araujo fell and died. Source: CEN/Australscope

Lt Fernando added that the platform had only been installed — hastily — that morning.

"It was assembled at the last minute, it was ready on the morning of the 2nd," he said.

"They did it very quickly, possibly this rush in the assembly of this structure is a preponderant factor in trying to explain what happened."

Images show the hole at the top of the platform through which Yasmili is believed to have fallen.

The case has been reported to the police and is under investigation.

Yasmili had only recently graduated as a nurse. She was buried in Morada da Paz Cemetery in Rio Branco.


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