Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hikers Plunge 28 Feet in Bridge Collapse

Four French tourists survived a 28-foot-fall when the bridge they were crossing collapsed beneath their feet in New Zealand.

Dramatic footage captured the moment the hikers were plunged into the river in Te Urewera National Park. The quartet were on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk when a cable on the Hopuruahine Suspension Bridge snapped.

The video shows the friends crossing the bridge carrying their camping gear before they suddenly drop into the water. Fortunately, none of the hikers were seriously injured in the incident

The bridge on the country's North Island spans 215 feet across the river and can carry up to 10 people at one time. Authorities said a manufacturing defect was to blame for the Sept. 3 crash and are investigating whether parts of the cable chain are currently in use in any of the country’s other bridges.

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