Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zambia's tourism minister bungee jumps from Victoria Falls to reassure visitors after snapped rope sent backpacker plunging

Injured: Erin Langworthy's back was left battered and bruised after her bungee cord broke.

Zambia's tourism minister made a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls to reassure visitors after a rope snapped sending a woman plunging into the crocodile-infested Zambezi River.

Given Lubinda took the brave step on Monday after shocking footage was shown around the world of 22-year-old Australian Erin Langworthy's botched jump.

The backpacker miraculously survived despite being plunged head first into the rapids when the bungee cord snapped as she leaped from the 360 foot high bridge over the falls on New Year's Eve.

Chilling footage of her fall was posted on Youtube and became an online sensation, sparking a string of headlines around the world about the incident.

Following the near-tragedy Mr Lubinda said he remained convinced the accident was a one-off and the attraction was safe. Read More