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Eric Langworth, a 22-year-old student from Australia, miraculously survived when her bungee cord snapped and she fell into a crocodile-infested river.
The thrill seeker from Perth had never done a bungee jump before, but decided to give it a go while traveling in Zambia. Having just finished university, she wanted a big adventure, so she’d set off for Africa. She was traveling alone but joined a tour group when she heard they were heading to Victoria Falls to go bungee jumping. Known as the adrenalin capital of Africa, Victoria Falls is the ultimate destination for extreme sports enthusiasts looking for mind-blowing experiences. The idea of jumping from 111 metre-high bridge over the gorge with the thunder of the falls behind sounded too good to miss.
She remembers the spectacular views as she looked out over the Zambezi River. Then she spread her arms and fell forward. ‘Everything sped by in a blue-green blue,’ she says. ‘The rush was amazing.’
On the platform above, Erin’s friend Rebecca Johnson filmed the heart-stopping moment. ‘She was supposed to come right back out and she never did,’ Rebecca said. ‘Everybody on the bridge just panicked.’
Feeling as though she had been slapped all over, and hardly able to breathe, Erin floated along with the south of the falls roaring in her ears. tied to her bungee cord and with her ankles still strapped together, she was pulled downriver and underwater into whirlpools. At one point, the cord got caught and she was dragged beneath the surface. Running out of air, and with her vision starting to fade, she managed to dive down and free the rope. Eventually, she was able to wedge her arm between two rocks on the side of the river. All she could think about was clinging on.
Although she’d jumped at 5.30 in the afternoon, Erin didn’t get to the hospital 11pm. The paramedics got lost on the way and she’d ended up on the Zimbabwean side of the river without a passport, so she was essentially an illegal immigrant.
Erin was visited in the hospital by the people from the bungee company, who were astounded that she was still alive. Friends she had met while traveling helped her to get her belongings and passport and she was then flown to South Africa for medical treatment. Two weeks later, she traveled home to Australia.
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