Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 17, 2012

The Weird and the Wonderful

Snapped bungee plunges tourist into African river


CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian tourist bungee jumping in Africa plunged 365 feet (111 meters) into a river when her cord snapped, but she managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together.

Erin Langworthy told Nine Network television news Sunday that she blacked out briefly when she hit the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on Dec. 31.

“I felt like I’d been slapped all over,” the 22-year-old from Perth said.

Video taken of the jump shows the cord snapping and Langworthy smacking into the river before the current pulled her into rapids.

“You get sucked under and then you pop up so it’s very disorienting — I didn’t know which was up or down,” she said.

She said the trailing cord repeatedly snagged, so she “had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface.”

Langworthy swam through the rapids to reach the Zimbabwe bank.

Southern Province Police Commissioner Brenda Muntemba told the Post Zambia newspaper that Langworthy was treated at a clinic in Zimbabwe before being evacuated to South Africa.

The jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge is operated by Safari Par Excellence, whose website describes the bungee experience as “111 meters (365 feet) of pure Adrenalin!”

Word of the Day

plunged plung·ing
transitive verb
1: to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and forcibly into something <plunged the dagger>
2: to cause to enter a state or course of action usually suddenly, unexpectedly, or violently <plunged the nation into economic depression>
intransitive verb
1: to thrust or cast oneself into or as if into water
2: to become pitched or thrown headlong or violently forward and downward; also : to move oneself in such a manner <plunged off the embankment>b : to act with reckless haste : enter suddenly or unexpectedly <plunges into project after project>c : to bet or gamble heavily and recklessly
3: to descend or dip suddenly <the stock’s value plunged>

More Vocabulary

Bungee jump: n. to jump from a very high place while you are attached to a strong, long rope that stretches and that keeps you from hitting the ground
Rapids: n. a part of a river where the water flows very fast usually over rocks
Smack: v. to slap or hit (someone or something) hard
Snag: v. to have a lose piece of thread (or rope, string, etc.) catch on a sharp item (rock, hook, tree branch, etc.)
Snap: v. to break quickly with a short, sharp sound
Yank: v. to pull on something with force

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Black out: to become unconscious

  • I think that I blacked out when my head hit the steering wheel during my car accident.

Pop up: appear unexpectedly

  • I was just relaxing and looking out at the ocean when suddenly I saw a whale pop up out of the water!

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