ZIMBABWE/ZAMBIA BORDER - An experience of a lifetime almost killed Erin Langworthy.
On New Year's Eve, high above the Zambesi river in Africa, the unthinkable happened. Her bungee cord snapped and she plummeted head first into the crocodile-infested waters.
"It went black, um, straight away, and I felt like I'd been slapped all over," she remembered.
The icy water helped Erin out of her daze. It was then that her real fight for survival began. With her legs still tied, she was sucked downstream toward the raging rapids, the trailing bungee cord snagging on the rocks, dragging her under.
"I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of what it was caught into," she said.
Struggling to keep her head above water, Erin made it to the rocks near the bank. It was there that she waited to be rescued.
"When I was first pulled out of the water, they put me on my back, and so all the water that I'd inhaled, um, meant that I couldn't breathe, so, um, I met-- made them roll me on to my side, and that's when I started coughing out water and blood," Erin said.
She was treated at a clinic in Zimbabwe and then transported to South Africa; The 22-year-old spent a week in the hospital where, covered in bruises, doctors were amazed she suffered no major injuries.
"Yes, I think it was definitely a miracle that I survived." she said.
Attempts to contact the bungee company have been unsuccessful, but in an online statement, it maintains its operations are safe and the broken equipment has been replaced.
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