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Australian woman survives bungee plunge into the Zambezi River.
An Australian woman has survived with only minor injuries after her cord broke during a 111-meter bungee jump over crocodile-infested waters on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Erin Langworthy made the jump on New Year’s Eve from Victoria Falls Bridge spanning the border between the two countries, Reuters reported.
A video clip taken at the scene showed the moment the cord snapped and hurled her into the Zambezi River below. Her feet were still bound together as she hit the water and the impact broke her collarbone. Langworthy blacked out briefly in the water and, when she came to, she had to navigate a system of rapids before finding her way to dry land.
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"It went black straight away and I felt like I'd been slapped all over," the 22-year-old from Perth told Australia’s Channel Nine News. "I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught onto," she said, adding that she thought it was a miracle she had survived.
An investigation into what caused the rope to snap has been launched by the Zambian Tourism Ministry, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
Zambia's Tourism Minister Given Lubinda moved to reassure tourists that bungy jumping was safe. "The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year," he told the Lusaka Times.
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The Zambia Post reported that Langworthy swam to the Zimbabwean side of the river. She was treated at a nearby clinic before being flown to South Africa.
The website of Safari Par Excellence, the company that operates the bungee jump, boasts that the jump offers “111 metres of pure adrenalin." Though, to be fair, it does warn that the experience is: "Not for the faint hearted!”