This is the horrific moment an Australian bungee jumper saw her cord snap- into crocodile-infested water.
Erin Langworthy, 22, said that it was a “miracle” that she survived after her 111-metre jump over the Zambezi River, between Zimbabwe and Zambia, went awry. Langworthy was nearing the bottom when her cord snapped, plummeting her into crocodile-infested waters. Submerged into the raging rapids, Langworthy had to struggle to keep her head above water in the accident that was caught on video.
Her situation was made even worse by the fact that her feet were still tied, making escape from the water even tougher. The snapped rope had also followed Erin Langworthy into the water.
“It went black straight away and I felt like I'd been slapped all over,” she told Australia’s Channel Nine.
“The water was going quite quickly and then I started to hear the roaring. It's like being in waves, you get sucked under and then you pop up so it's very disorienting, I didn’t know which was up or down.”
Langworthy eventually managed to climb out of the water on the Zimbabwean side of the river after a lengthy ordeal. “It was quite scary because a couple of times the rope actually got caught on some rocks or debris,” she said. “I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface. It's definitely a miracle that I survived.”
Zambian tourism minister Given Lubinda sought to dispel any fears over the safety of bungee jumping in the area, Langworthy’s organised by a company called ‘Safari Par Excellence’.
"The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year," Lubinda said. "It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps."