Hikers fall in bridge collapse: Bridge Collapses New Zealand

Published: October 10, 2015

Hikers fall in bridge collapse: Bridge Collapses New Zealand, 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, reported CNN.

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.

“This is good luck, not good management. Our reputation cannot rely on luck,” said Mike Slater, deputy director of general operations at the Department of Conservation.

“The cable failure is not only extremely concerning, it leaves New Zealand vulnerable to harmful tourism reaction. This must be sorted immediately.”

The bridge is currently closed to visitors and authorities hope to have it reopened in coming weeks.

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