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Bungee cord snaps above crocodile-infested waters
mirror.co.uk ^ | 1-8-12 | Philip Caulfield

Posted on 01/08/2012 11:45:27 AM PST by rawhide

An Aussie daredevil has somehow survived after a cord snap during her bungee jump over the Zambezi River – sending her plunging into the crocodile-infested waters.

Erin Langworthy plummeted 111m from the Victoria Falls bridge, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, on New Year’s Eve.

The 22-year-old luckily survived the impact despite blacking out and was forced to swim through rapids populated with crocs – with her feet still tied.

“It felt like I had been slapped all over,” the student told Australia's Channel 9 News.

“I landed with my legs tied and then had to swim to the Zimbabwe side [of the river] through the rapids.

Home News Weird World Bungee jump rope snaps: Watch Aussie's miracle escape from fall into crocodile-infested waters By Rob Leigh 8/01/2012 Decrease font size Increase font size Erin Langworthy was lucky to survive the 111m drop An Aussie daredevil has somehow survived after a cord snap during her bungee jump over the Zambezi River – sending her plunging into the crocodile-infested waters.

Advertisement >> Erin Langworthy plummeted 111m from the Victoria Falls bridge, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, on New Year’s Eve.

The 22-year-old luckily survived the impact despite blacking out and was forced to swim through rapids populated with crocs – with her feet still tied.

“It felt like I had been slapped all over,” the student told Australia's Channel 9 News.

“I landed with my legs tied and then had to swim to the Zimbabwe side [of the river] through the rapids.

Erin plummets from the Victoria Falls bridge, above, and the moment her rope snapped, below

“It was quite scary because a couple of times the rope actually got caught on some rocks or debris.

“I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface,” she added.

When she made it to rocks, her rescuers rolled her on her back.

She said: “All the water I inhaled meant I couldn't breathe and I made them roll me on to my side and that's when I started coughing up water and blood.”

Southern Province police commissioner Brenda Muntemba told reporters that Ms Worth was treated at Victoria Falls clinic in Zimbabwe before being evacuated to South Africa.

“It’s definitely a miracle I survived,” she smiled

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRbkAT3-ooo


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bungee; crocodile

Photos from http://www.chrisroubis.com/2012/01/wa-girl-survives-bungee-cord-snap/

1 posted on 01/08/2012 11:45:32 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

If she inhaled water from a Zimbabwe river she’s gonna need some potent antibiotics!


2 posted on 01/08/2012 11:50:52 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Shimmer1

You’ve seen my bungee jumping picture...


3 posted on 01/08/2012 11:52:29 AM PST by null and void (Day 1083 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: rawhide

The risk is the reward. Yeah.


4 posted on 01/08/2012 11:53:47 AM PST by yup2394871293
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To: rawhide

She sure doesn’t look 22 years old.


5 posted on 01/08/2012 11:54:12 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: rawhide

I hate it when that happens.


6 posted on 01/08/2012 11:55:43 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: rawhide

Stupid is as stupid does.


7 posted on 01/08/2012 11:59:15 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: rawhide

I wonder if the tied feet was actually to her advantage. Less splashing around may have made her less a target to the crocs.


8 posted on 01/08/2012 12:04:23 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: rawhide

There are plenty of ways to die, why add to them?

I bet it’s a rush though as long as the cord doesn’t snap.

I’ve seen them on Discovery and I always wonder how well ‘engineered’ the bungie cable is and how well do they calculate for mass?


9 posted on 01/08/2012 12:04:31 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: rawhide

A pretty girl. That being said she is a mindless twit along with surfers, parachutists, other bungee jumpers and druggies.


10 posted on 01/08/2012 12:08:51 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: rawhide

Who has the money at 22 to fly to Africa to go bungee jumping? At 22 I was barely eating.


11 posted on 01/08/2012 12:13:15 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rawhide

She had 4 seconds of free fall AFTER the cable snapped (actually, it was the junction between the stretchy part and the upper part than separated).

That means she hit the water at 88mph FASTER than she was already going before the cable snapped, assuming no air resistance from herself or the attached cable segment (which actually led her down, hitting the water first).


12 posted on 01/08/2012 12:18:48 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: rawhide
Meanwhile in the Outback ....

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13 posted on 01/08/2012 12:22:00 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Lx
I’ve seen them on Discovery and I always wonder how well ‘engineered’ the bungie cable is and how well do they calculate for mass?

I used to know the brothers who pretty much invented the cords. If memory serves, they engineered it for 5 times the recommended weight of the jumper. Along with the elastic, they included a safety towing-type strap as a back-up if the stretchy part ever did break.

Their operations never did have an accident, nor did any operation who bought cables from them and properly maintained and inspected the cables.

They did invent the sling-shot style bungee ride.

They got out of the business when cheap cord makers undercut their rates too much, and started telling their customers their level of safety cost too much.

14 posted on 01/08/2012 12:23:26 PM PST by jimtorr
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To: rawhide

Hopefully she won’t catch something along the lines of Cholera or Bilharzia. Just because the crocs didn’t get you does not mean you’re ok.


15 posted on 01/08/2012 12:25:59 PM PST by Moorings
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
“surfers, parachutists, other bungee jumpers and druggies.”

You left out motorcycle racers and mountain climbers. I feel slighted.

16 posted on 01/08/2012 12:32:56 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: umgud

she looks about 12, but if she was a cat, there’s 8 of her 9 lives gone right there!


17 posted on 01/08/2012 12:33:52 PM PST by bigbob
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

>> she is a mindless twit along with surfers, parachutists, other bungee jumpers and druggies.

We can only hope that they eventually move on to Russian roulette.


18 posted on 01/08/2012 12:36:29 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: rawhide

My daughter bungee jumped off of that same bridge in 2009.


19 posted on 01/08/2012 12:41:26 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: CrazyIvan
Thou sayeth it.
20 posted on 01/08/2012 12:50:10 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: jimtorr
I used to know the brothers who pretty much invented the cords.

Maybe they invented the modern cord but they sure as he** didn't invent the "sport"(I use the term loosely). They original "bungee" jumpers were natives of a particular area(I forget exactly where)that were highlighted in one of the magazines back in the day(late 60s early 70s). They would use vines tied to a tree. each jumper had to measure the vine and clear the area under the tree of rocks and other debris. The idea was to make their heads just touch the ground when they reached the end of the vine. The vine was tied to one ankle, they would climb the tree tie the vine to a branch and then jump. If all went well their heads would just brush the ground and they would be ok, vine too long would mean a broken neck or crushed skull, too short meant they were cowards and they would be run out of the tribe. Each teen age boy had to do at least one successful jump in order to be called a man of the tribe.

Those people made today's jumpers, with their elastic lines pulling them up way above the surface, look like whimps, stupid whimps, but whimps just the same.

After the article on the natives was published in a national magazine some fool started what we know today as bugee jumping.

21 posted on 01/08/2012 12:56:24 PM PST by calex59
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To: jimtorr
I used to know the brothers who pretty much invented the cords. If memory serves, they engineered it for 5 times the recommended weight of the jumper. Along with the elastic, they included a safety towing-type strap as a back-up if the stretchy part ever did break.

I think I saw these guys a while ago on a bridge in the South East that they open to bungie jumping once a year. On that show, the cord looked substantial, they weigh the jumpers and calculated stretch, it looked like they knew what they were doing. As opposed to some guys I saw within a year or two and it looked like a bunch of stoners, the cable didn't looked well engineered and from what I saw, the level of detail for safety wasn't there.

As for the tow truck type backup, are you saying that the backup was basically a non stretching rope? Can you imagine falling far and the bungie breaks and the tow line takes over, and rips you in half. Maybe I'm not understanding what you said. Do they use a second bungie line like a tow truck has a backup? That would work.

They got out of the business when cheap cord makers undercut their rates too much, and started telling their customers their level of safety cost too much.

They told their customers that proper safety was too much? The operertors (customers of the bungie maker) or the customers on the end of the bungie rope? Hey, if you get a warning that they think proper safety is to expensive and you sign a waver, oh well when it fails.

22 posted on 01/08/2012 12:57:46 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: calex59
One of the groups who do this are the Vanuatu land divers. The goal was to leave a little indent without breaking your neck.

Here's a VIDEO
23 posted on 01/08/2012 1:00:45 PM PST by aruanan
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To: calex59

Some of the guys look a little bit excited by the danger. Ha ha ha.


24 posted on 01/08/2012 1:03:51 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Beelzebubba

The cord probably broke under strain, which means it had absorbed some of the energy from her fall. She probably didn’t hit the water all that hard.


25 posted on 01/08/2012 1:12:35 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: aruanan

Meh. The Taliban do this without any cord at all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBPPlwLhps


26 posted on 01/08/2012 1:47:24 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

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27 posted on 01/08/2012 1:51:36 PM PST by bvw
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To: rawhide

She is lucky.


28 posted on 01/08/2012 2:10:21 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: Moorings

Years ago, I was stuck on an island in the Zambezi, awaiting pickup. I was with two other guys and all we had for protection was a .22 rifle. There was a slight depression on one side which was protected from the incredibly swift current. I went in up to my thighs, then scurried back to the islet. It wouldn’t do to get caught up in the current and carried downriver to the Kariba Dam. That story would look cool on your gravestone. I didn’t catch any dread diseases. We were picked up without incident, although a herd of hippos broke the water very near our boat had me terrified that we’d tip over into the croc infested waters.


29 posted on 01/08/2012 3:24:09 PM PST by Ax (A)
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To: null and void

yeah and I know why you looked like that too. (shudder)


30 posted on 01/08/2012 3:58:28 PM PST by Shimmer1 (Navy Mom)
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To: null and void

Afraid of falling...even talking about bungee jumping has me anxious!


31 posted on 01/08/2012 4:03:10 PM PST by Shimmer1 (Navy Mom)
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To: rawhide
In 2001 we visited the spot in New Zealand where we were told bungee jumping was invented. No, we didn't jump, but if I had been younger.......... (but I did get a t-shirt)
:)
32 posted on 01/08/2012 4:10:14 PM PST by Ditter
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To: QBFimi; AEMILIUS PAULUS
she is a mindless twit along with surfers, parachutists, other bungee jumpers and druggies.

Yeah- who would jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

AIRBORNE! ;)

33 posted on 01/08/2012 5:04:55 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: driftdiver

Whatever it absorbed prior to the snap, it gave her 4 seconds to gain 88 mph from the speed at which it held her.


34 posted on 01/08/2012 6:30:49 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: calex59

I saw a program where the narrator claimed they did it to scare evil spirits out of themselves. It was a television news program, so I cannot ensure this information is accurate.


35 posted on 01/08/2012 7:35:29 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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