09 Jan '12, 2am
Australian tourist plunges into river after bungee snaps, but she swims to safety despite broken collarbone
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian tourist bungee jumping in Africa plunged 111m into a river when her cord snapped, but she survived and managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together. Ms Erin Langworthy of Perth told Nine Network television news on Sunday that she blacked out briefly when she hit the Zambesi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on Dec 31. She then swam through rapids to reach the Zimbabwe bank. The trailing cord repeatedly snagged as she swam, so she had to yank it free. The 22-year-old says: 'I felt like I'd been slapped all over.' Southern Province Police Commissioner Brenda Muntemba told the Post Zambia newspaper that Ms Langworthy was treated at a clinic in Zimbabwe before being evacuated to South Africa.