News Interviews Gone Wrong
January 9, 2012 by staff
Australian tourist, Erin Langworthy leapt off the bridge, 82 feet above the Zambezi River.
As she fell, the bungee rope broke sending her plunging head first into the water below.
“It went black straight away, and I felt like I’ve been slapped all over,” said Langworthy, in an interview with Australia’s Nine Network television.
With her legs still bound together by the bungee rope, Langworthy was dragged underwater when her rope snagged on nearby rocks.
“I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught into,” she said.
Langworthy struggled to keep her head above water, and somehow managed to pull herself onto the riverbank where she waited on the rocks for rescuers to arrive.
“When I was first pulled out of the water, they put me on my back, and so all the water that I’d inhaled meant that I couldn’t breathe. So I made them roll me onto my side, and that’s when I started coughing out water and blood,” she said.
The 22-year-old was evacuated to South Africa, where she spent a week recovering in hospital. She suffered cuts and bruises but had no serious injuries.
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