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Swede tells of friend's Africa bungee terror

Published: 09 Jan 2012 14:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Jan 2012 14:05 GMT+01:00

Rebecka Larker-Jonsson, 20, had just done the 111 metre jump from the bridge over Victoria Falls between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Next up was the Swede's 22-year-old Australian friend, Erin Langworthy, who, before taking the plunge, asked Larker-Jonsson to film the jump.

However Langworthy's leap didn't go as planned.

The Swede's video footage shows the bungee cord snapping mid-jump, leaving Langworthy hurtling toward the crocodile infested waters of the Zambezi river below, before being pulled directly into the rushing rapids.

“I thought I had seen my best friend from the trip die. It was absolutely terrible,” Larker-Jonsson told the Expressen newspaper.

“I completely flipped out – it was horrifying.”

Larker-Jonsson told the newspaper how she had to navigate her way across barb-wired fences and long flights of stairs to get down to her friend, who had managed to swim to the shoreline despite having her feet tied together.

“It was a huge relief to see that she was breathing and talking,” she said.

Langworthy’s injuries were minor, with no broken bones – but extensive bruising.

She described to Channel 9 News in Australia that the impact with the water felt “like being slapped all over” and that immediately after the ordeal she had coughed up water and blood.

She explained to the news channel how she struggled to keep her head above the water, and had to dive down several times to release the bungee cord as it snagged on the rocks and debris below.

Langworthy made a speedy recovery in a nearby Livingstone hospital, and has since continued with her travels.

“I think it’s definitely a miracle that I survived,” she said.

Meanwhile, the video shot by Larker-Jonsson has gone viral, being picked up by media outlets across the world.

While left shaken by the incident, the Swede nevertheless has accepted that accidents happen.

"It was bad luck; both Erin and I can see that. Things like this can happen and this time it did, unfortunately" Larker-Jonsson told Expressen.

See Larker-Jonsson's video below

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

15:34 January 9, 2012 by Snoopy!
Obviously the warm hearted Swede couldn't have been that ""completely flipped out - it was horrifying." as she kept filming it !
16:25 January 9, 2012 by johan rebel
And kept swearing like a one-whore pimp, if the bleeps are anything to go by.
17:54 January 9, 2012 by si
Looks like it snapped at the bottom - not so amazing survival I guess
17:55 January 9, 2012 by tigger007
i hope that she makes a full recovery,but seriously some things needs to be left alone.
22:37 January 9, 2012 by jonathanjames61
Swede tells of friend's Africa bungee terror---------------

This type of headings are questionable.

It should be Swedes tell friends Zambia bungee terror,I thought Swedish journalist are well informed.Africa is a continent not a country go read you Geography book again-
09:45 January 10, 2012 by thinkright24
amazing how this story is related to a swede
11:00 January 10, 2012 by Åskar
And equally amazing how people who have nothing to say but some idiotic meaningless complaint feel compelled to tell it to the World.
15:06 January 10, 2012 by rise
The irritating bleeping takes all of the attention! Is there a non-censored version of the film somewhere?
17:50 January 10, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
@jonathanjames61

Remember that the editor of the local has to choose headlines that even Sarah Palin can understand.
20:56 January 10, 2012 by babashki
@jonathanjames61

Thank you for bringing that to light..

I can now giggle slyly...

-Ethnically confused Jordanian
21:50 February 12, 2012 by rts
Please be advised that the Victoria Falls Bungee is now open after independent inspectors gave a gree light to start operations.
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