Sunday 25 February 2018

Tributes paid to fashion student (23) killed while bungee jumping in Spain

Kleyo De Abreu had been visiting her aunt in Spain
Kleyo De Abreu had been visiting her aunt in Spain
Kleyo De Abreu who was killed while bungee jumping in Spain, pictured with her father Bernard Atwell. Photo: Elkin Atwell/PA Wire
The 23 year old aspiring fashion and design student was killed at around 3pm yesterday in Lanjaron, Granada. Photo: Elkin Atwell/PA Wire

Alex Diaz

The father of a young London woman killed while bungee jumping in Spain has described her as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused".

Aspiring fashion and design student Kleyo De Abreu, 23, from Brixton, south London, was killed at around 3pm on Tuesday in Lanjaron, Granada.

Police are investigating whether her death was caused by a "miscalculation" with the rope after she was found dangling from Tablate Bridge in the Alpujarras area.

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, told the Press Association: "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 primary concern is for people when they are just having fun.

"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."

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Granada told the Press Association: "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."

Tablate Bridge has a drop of 80 metres (262ft) and is a popular bungee jumping site used by several adventure sports firms.

Thrill-seekers fall for about 20 metres (65ft) and swing underneath the bridge, with a first jump offered for around 35 euro (£24.50).

One website claims that bungee jumping from the bridge is a "hair-raising" experience due to the closeness of the ravine walls during the fall.

Another boasts: "If you want a huge dose of adrenaline this is your bridge."

Lanjaron is about 35 miles from Granada on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is famous in Spain for its mineral water.

The region is popular with expats and near to the hippy village of Orgiva, which attracts people living alternative lifestyles from all over the world.

The Foreign Office said it was liaising with the Spanish authorities and had contacted the family to offer support.

Press Association

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