Woman wins skydiving case

2012-05-23 10:19

Johannesburg - A woman who was injured when she parachuted without the permission of her parents has won her court case against the Witbank Skydiving Club.

The North Gauteng High Court found the club was liable for whatever damages Euleine de Kock, 21, was able to prove against them.

De Kock was 17 when, on May 17 2008 she broke her left leg, sustained soft tissue damage to her neck and injured her back when she completed a static line jump from 3 500 feet, Beeld newspaper reported.

In a static line jump a cord attached to the plane and the jumper's backpack deploys the parachute.

De Kock, now 21, is claiming about R305 000 in damages.

She says the club, and her instructor, are liable for her damages as they permitted the jump, although she was a minor and did not have permission from her parents.

Acting Judge Norman Davis found although the club required an indemnity form, it was not substantial enough.

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-23 10:25

    maybe i should sue Nestle after their chocolate gave me diarrhea. lol

      Renate - 2012-05-23 10:46


      Charlie - 2012-05-23 11:11

      And Smirnoff for all the ugly chics that I've woken up next to...

      Maxil - 2012-05-23 11:20

      Exactly Kabelo. let us sue everyone and become more like the USA.

      Janice - 2012-05-23 11:42

      As I said yesterday, they only act like adults when it suits them!! She shouldnt have won squat!!!

      Philip - 2012-05-23 12:59

      By law she was a minor and needed written consent from her parents to jump ... the Skydiving Club is at fault ... I would have taken them for more. And since she was a minor, the indemnity form would have not been legal anyhows as a minor does not have signing rights.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-23 17:32

      Philip - you tried to make your point over 4 times here....what's your connection to this girl? Always, amongst the roses is a pr!ck

  • Klipkop - 2012-05-23 10:58

    is she a FHM model?

  • logical007 - 2012-05-23 11:04

    What a lovely 21st birthday present!! I hope all other organisations take note and block her from participating in any way within their company. She is obviously irresponsible and will try blame others for her foolishness.

      Philip - 2012-05-23 13:00

      By law she was a minor and needed written consent from her parents to jump ... the Skydiving Club is at fault ...

  • RSole - 2012-05-23 11:11

    Now that's abuse of the legal system.

  • John - 2012-05-23 11:37

    What a load of Bulongwe. When are people going to be responsible for their own actions. She should be sued for falsification of a document in she signed that she was over 18. What must the club do, saw her leg off and count how many rings there are.

      Philip - 2012-05-23 13:03

      Nope, the Club is still at fault as they should have the indemnity form plus a copy of your ID. She is perfectly within her rights as the Club should have turned her away in the first place.

      Kent - 2012-05-23 18:23

      How did she get to the club? Did the parents drop her off?

  • Marion - 2012-05-23 11:41

    This is one judgement that doesn't make sense to me. You stuck your hand in the fire young lady and you got burned.

  • Had - 2012-05-23 11:44

    Stupid woman - she wanted to jump and unfortunately something went wrong. Now she is grasping at straws trying to find some way to lay a claim against the Skydiving club and the best she can find is "Mommy didn't say I could jump." What an itchy bee.

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-23 11:53

    i say, tough titties. she should grow up and take it as it comes. it was her own stupid choice to jump out the plane, nobody pushed her. she should actually be sued by the sky diving club for giving them a bad name. idiotic woman

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-05-23 11:57

    Lets us become like the Americans....what a frikkin joke, blame others for your own stupidity............

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-23 12:12

    poor girl- i believe she was thrown out of the airplane kicking and screaming and was also tortured to sign the indemnity form...what a terrible club! and what a moronic piece of @ss the law can be

  • Ron - 2012-05-23 12:38

    So wrong. Bastard lawyers again.Did she want to do it? Did she tell them her age and did she ask them if she could still jump?

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-23 12:56

    The Acting Judge wants a kick-back........

  • tariqvictor.britz - 2012-05-23 13:37

    WTF?? What happened to personal responsibility? Did someone hold a gun to her head and force her to jump? I also did a handful of static line jumps with this club and they were always professional and safety obsessed, if this genius got hurt it was her own fault and now she wants to blame someone else.

  • Jason - 2012-05-23 13:59

    let sue everyone

      Marion - 2012-05-23 14:10

      @jason - we are fast following in the tracks of the Americans who sue for any little thing and, sadly, win their cases too.

  • Daan - 2012-05-23 18:06

    Stupid female. Now the club must pay up for her crap.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-23 18:32

    Strange country, from the age of 16 she is old enough to have XXX without her parents permission but at 17 she cannot Skydive without their consent. makes a lot of sense....

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-23 19:10

    There was the case of the burglar in the States who somehow got into the garage of the house owner. The doors locked and he could not unlock it from the inside. The owner was unaware and had gone away for a few days. On return, the owner was sued by the burglar for pain and suffering...negligence, etc...and the burglar won the case. Moral of the story : Always look for someone to blame.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-24 13:22

    Whoah! If she'd been 12 or 14 everybody would have shouted to have the club's pants sued off them. But because she was 17, now things are different? They should have asked for her ID, not 18, no jump, no ID, no jump.

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