Snapped bungee plunges tourist into African river
CANBERRA, Australia - January 9, 2012 (WPVI) -- An Australian tourist bungee jumping in Africa plunged 365 feet (111 meters) into a river when her cord snapped, but she survived and managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together.
Erin Langworthy of Perth told Nine Network television news Sunday that she blacked out briefly when she hit the Zambesi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on Dec. 31. She then swam through rapids to reach the Zimbabwe bank. The trailing cord repeatedly snagged as she swam, so she had to yank it free.
The 22-year-old says: "I felt like I'd been slapped all over."
Southern Province Police Commissioner Brenda Muntemba told the Post Zambia newspaper that Langworthy was treated at a clinic in Zimbabwe before being evacuated to South Africa.
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