This is exactly why I would never ever bungee jump. Why would they do this over a river filled with Crocs?
Erin Langworthy speaks to Channel Nine after after her bungee cord snapped during a jump over the Zambesi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, sending her plunging into the rapids below. Picture: Channel 9
Erin Langworthy, 22, plunged into the Zambezi River, which divides Zambia and Zimbabwe, on December 31.
The Zambia Post newspaper website reported that Ms Langworthy, from Western Australia, fell headfirst into the river after the bungee jump with Safari Par Excellence.
Ms Langworthy told Channel 9 that she blacked out as she hit the water.
“It felt like I had been slapped all over,” she said.
She started swimming but said her bungee cord became snagged. “I actually had to swim down to yank the bungee cord out of what it was caught in,” she said.
After she made it to shore, Ms Langworthy said her rescuers rolled her on to her back.
“All the water I inhaled meant I couldn’t breathe and I made them roll me on to my side and that’s when I started coughing up water and blood,” she said.
The Safari Par Excellence website says the bungee experience is “111 metres of pure adrenalin! Based on The Victoria Falls Bridge, the bungee jump can certainly be classed as the most scenic in the world. Not for the faint hearted!”
The Zambia Post said Southern Province police commissioner Brenda Muntemba confirmed the accident happened at the Victoria Falls bridge.
“The rope bungee cord cut while going down but she managed to swim to the Zimbabwean side,” Ms Muntemba said.
“She was treated at Victoria Falls clinic in Zimbabwe and evacuated to South Africa.”
Ms Langworthy said she felt lucky. “I think it was definitely a miracle that I survived,” she said.