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Zambia’s tourism minister Given Lubinda has performed the bucket-list bungee jump off Victoria Falls himself to prove that the attraction is safe.

The famous jump received some unwelcome publicity this  week when an Australian tourist was plunged into the crocodile-infested waters of the Zambezi River after her bungee rope snapped.

Erin Langworthy, 22, miraculously survived the accident, which was caught on camera and went viral on YouTube. You can see the video below.

The New Zimbabwe news website reported that Lubinda made the leap and declared it a “viable operation”, reasoning that the Australian's accident had been a one-off.

Lubinda reportedly said: "I myself will be engaging the operator on how we can make this exciting tourism event become totally incident-free."

The operator has apparently sent the snapped rope to South Africa to be tested by experts.

Mike Davies, boss of the Safari Par Excellence travel company, which is believed to have organised the ill-fated jump, added: "There have been over 150,000 people jumping over the last 17 years without incident. So we are confident in it.”

He also pointed out that a team of experts had been brought in to look at improving safety and that the company had "replaced all the equipment, all the ropes and the elastics in the meantime".


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