Ouch! Bungee cord breaks!

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  1. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    He survived broken bungee cord, river plunge
    After 300-foot drop, Mark Afforde fell 25 feet into creek — but waded out

    TODAYShow.com contributor
    updated 9:09 a.m. ET, Fri., Feb. 20, 2009
    An extreme sport had an extreme result for Mark Afforde.

    The 49-year-old Bellevue, Wash., man went thrill-seeking with his buddies on an afternoon of bungee-jumping Thursday, but he nearly ended his life in the process, Natalie Morales reported on TODAY Friday.

    Afforde was making his second jump of the day off the Canyon Creek Bridge near Amboy, Wash., around 2:30 p.m. when the day turned dangerous. He made the heart-pumping 20-story drop, described by bungee.com as not “for those that are weak of heart,” when his bungee cord broke just after he reached the lowest point in the 300-foot plunge.

    He fell some 25 feet into Canyon Creek. But even while his horrified friends and a staffer with the professional bungee-jumping crew that had set up the day’s excursion were still scrambling down the canyon to reach him, Afforde, amazingly, was already wading his way out of the whitewater creek.

    “I heard and saw the snap,” Afforde told NBC. “I definitely felt the impact, and I was underwater. Once I checked and made certain I could still move and everything was still working, I felt I needed to get out of the water.”

    Afforde was taken to the Southwest Washington Medical Center, but complained of little more than a sore backside. An EMT on the scene said it was Afforde’s lucky day — had his cord broken higher up in his descent, the fall likely would have done him in.

    Bungee jumping, in which a rubber cord is attached to a jumper’s feet and he or she is sent falling headfirst before the cord rebounds and bounces the jumper back up again, has roots in an ancient culture. Natives of the South Pacific Island of Pentecost long practiced “land diving”: jumping from wooden platforms with vines attached to their ankles. When a BBC film crew made a documentary on the practice in 1955, the land-diving sport was adapted for modern times with the bungee.

    Since the extreme sport took off in the early 1980s, millions have jumped from bridges, mountains, buildings and cranes set up at fairs and festivals. Fatalities have been rare. The most noted death was that of Laura Patterson, who was practicing for a bungee-jumping performance for the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXI in 1997. Her cord was mishandled and she struck the stadium’s concrete headfirst, dying of a massive head trauma.

    Despite his brush with the great beyond, Afforde maintains he will continue to bungee jump.
  2. RonRdRcr

    RonRdRcr New Member

    May 4, 2008
    Astoria, OR
    I love skydiving, but never understood the bungee jumping thing. There is absolutely no failsafe if something were to go wrong.


  3. Popgunner

    Popgunner Active Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    I remember back in the 80's when bungee jumping got popular. I had tons of people calling my sign company wanting to rent my cranes by the hour to jump from. I went & watched some poor souls jump from another company's crane & every jumper would go down & rebound back up always at an angle & bang their heads on the crane. I never let anyone jump off my cranes:eek:. The local fun house had a fancy platform built to jump from & they were busy with it for about 6 months & the fad died. I guess a few die-hards are still doing it from bridges & whatever.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2009
  4. I'm surprise the sport is not more popular in Australia. I mean, after all, they do have kangaroos there to learn from . . . boing, boing, boing. :D;) We must ask Swanie about that. ;)
  5. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    The Perrine Bridge is one of the few places it is still legal to Bungee from here in Idaho. I think they've only had one fatality in the last couple of years.

    I don't keep up with the sport but you always hear about the fatalities.
  6. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Dec 14, 2003
    I have never understood why anyone would want to jump off of a perfectly good bridge...? It just doesn't make sense to me! :rolleyes::rolleyes::D;)

  7. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    New Iberia, Louisiana
    It's funny that you said this. The only person that I myself knows that has made a jump, made that jump in Australia. ;) :D

  8. durk

    durk Active Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    I hear that!!;)
  9. Sort of like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Perhaps we should ask Al Mount why people do crazy things like that. :D;)
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