Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bungee Jump Failure followed quickly by First Responder Failure!

A 22-year-old Australian backpacker says it is a "miracle" she is alive after her cord snapped during a bungee jump over the Zambesi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

She survived the fall into the river but the rope got snagged on submersed rocks. Having freed herself from that situation she managed to swim to shore.

First Responders on the shore made a disasterous mistake of turning her onto her back, whereby the water in her lungs could not be exhaled easily and started to choke and effectively 'drown' her on land!

Always put casualties in the recovery position to maximise their chance of recovery.

Happily, this young lady survived but she was fighting against the odds to do so.

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