Source: The Daily Record
A thrill seeking tourist who plunged into the crocodile-infested Zambesi River after her bungee jump cord snapped has told of her miraculous survival.
Erin Langworthy fell into the raging waters at Victoria Falls when her bungee jump went horribly wrong as dozens of stunned tourists looked on.
They watched as Erin’s cord broke after she jumped from the bridge over the falls 333ft above the river on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia – the equivalent of leaping from the observation deck of the tower at Glasgow Science Centre.
As Erin neared the end of the descent, the cord stretched then snapped and she fell 60ft into the water
In video footage of the incident one woman can be heard screaming: “Oh my God, who’s going to do something?”
After she hit the water, Erin was swept towards the raging rapids.
Yesterday, after spending just a week in hospital, Erin, 22, relived her nightmare leap at Zimbabwe’s top tourist attraction.
She said: “It went black straight away and I felt like I’d been slapped all over.”With her legs still tied, Erin was sucked downstream to the rapids with the snapped cord snagging on rocks and dragging her under.
She said: “I had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface.”
Erin, from Perth, Western Australia, eventually struggled to the side of the river and was dragged ashore by rescuers.
She said: “When I was first pulled out of the water, they put me on my back. But all the water I’d inhaled meant I couldn’t breathe.
“So I made them roll me on to my side and that’s when I started coughing out water and blood.”Erin was treated at Victoria Falls clinic in Zimbabwe before being taken to South Africa.
Amazingly, she suffered no major injuries. Erin said: “I think it’s a miracle that I survived.”