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Woman Survives Fall After Bungee Cord Snaps Over Bridge (Video)

Australian backpacker Erin Langworthy is lucky to be alive after her bungee cord snapped as she leapt from a bridge at Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"It went black straight away and I felt like I'd been slapped all over," the 22-year-old tells Australia's Channel Nine.

"As I went deeper down, the water got colder and it must have snapped me out of it."

"The water was going quite quickly and then I started to hear the roaring. It's like being in waves, you get sucked under and then you pop up so it's very disorienting, I didn't know which was up or down."

"It was quite scary because a couple of times the rope actually got caught on some rocks or debris," she said.

"I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface."

She suffered a fractured collar bone as well as massive bruising but was grateful she survived.

"Yes, I think it's definitely a miracle that I survived," she said.

Zambian authorities are racing to assure tourists that the bungee jumping equipment is safe, despite the incident.

"The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year," says tourism minister Given Lubinda.

"It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps."

January 9, 2012 |




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