SYDNEY (CNN/NINE NETWORK) - An experience of a lifetime for Erin Langworth, a New Year's Eve bungee jump over a raging river, almost killed her.
Just 25 meters above the water, the unthinkable happened. Langworth's bungee cord snapped, sending her plummeting head first into the crocodile-infested waters of the Zambesi River in Zimbabwe.
"It went black, um, straight away, and I felt like I'd been slapped all over," said Langworth.
The icy water helped snap Langworth out of her daze and she began to fight for survival. With her legs still tied, she was sucked downstream towards the raging rapids, the trailing bungee cord snagging on rocks, dragging her under.
"I actually had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of what it was caught into," said Langworth.
Struggling to keep her head above water, Langworth made it to rocks near the riverbank and it was there she waited for rescue.
"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," said Langworth.
The 22-year-old was medevaced to South Africa where she spent a week in the hospital. Covered in bruises, doctors were amazed she suffered no major injuries.
"Yes, I think it was definitely a miracle that I survived," said Langworth.
Attempts to contact the bungee company have been unsuccessful, but in an online statement, it maintains its operations are safe and that the broken equipment has been replaced.
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