A 56-year-old Japanese tourist passed away after a bungee jump at Macau Tower, sparking concerns about safety despite the company's claimed "perfect safety record." Skypark by AJ Hackett is now cooperating with authorities.
The 56-year-old tourist who had just finished the highest bungee leap in the world collapsed and passed away.
After jumping off the Macau Tower on Sunday afternoon, the Japanese tourist, who is still unidentified, was brought to Conde S. Januario Hospital in Macau, China.
He started having breathing difficulties and eventually passed out at 4:30 p.m., according to officials, not long after the 764-foot jump.
When paramedics got to the site, they discovered he had no pulse and was not breathing.
He was brought to the hospital and later declared dead.
The company that operates the Macau Tower bungee jump and other activities, Skypark by AJ Hackett, states on its website that before participating in any of its activities, paying customers should disclose any medical issues.
The tourist's body was said to be free of external injuries, according to local media.
Heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, and prior surgeries should be disclosed to the company, which has been providing bungee jumps for over 30 years.
Adventurers must pay over $354 (2888 Macanese Pataca) for the jump, which takes place from the top of the tower's observation desk.
Risk-takers leap from a height of 764 feet, or around two-thirds the height of the 1108-foot structure.
The corporation states it has a "perfect safety record," having completed more than four million successful jumps worldwide, and adds, "We strive to achieve a high level of safety for our customers and crew."
Many tourists have left excellent reviews about their time at the Skypark at Macau Tower, earning it a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor.
One person said: 'Going through the highest official bungee jumping experience on the planet was nothing short of breathtaking, the jump was even more astonishing than how I expected.’
'What added greatly to the experience was the Skypark team with their friendly and effective attitude in giving me valuable tips and then preparing me for the jump.’
'The checking and re-checking of my equipment and my safety measures made me more comfortable and left no room for worrying at all.'
Another said: 'Looking down from 233m could really be scary, but the crews there make it fun and they were really encouraging.'
A representative for AJ Hackett told MailOnline: 'AJ Hackett Macau Tower Limited is saddened by the death of a tourist following a medical situation at Macau Tower yesterday that occurred after the Bungy jump was completed.’
'We extend our deepest condolences to the deceased's family.’
'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.’
'When our staff received word that he was feeling unwell after landing, they immediately administered first aid and called the authorities for help.’
'The company is cooperating with relevant government departments.'