Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

WATCH: This is how it feels when the bridge you're on snaps without warning


bridge Source: Adrien Whistle via YouTube

FOUR FRENCH TOURISTS have endured the stuff of nightmares for anyone with even a slight fear of heights, when the bridge they were walking over in New Zealand, suddenly snapped.

The group were hiking through the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in the Te Urewara territory on the north island on 3 September but video of the incident only emerged this week.

They appear to have been nearing the end of their trek when the collapse happened.

The narrator of the video can be heard, in French, declaring:

After four days of walking, 43 kilometres, we are finally arriving. The last bridge on our Great Walk. It’s here.

According to a statement by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, “a cable parted, causing the Hopuruahine Suspension Bridge to tip.”

The hikers, one of whom is behind the camera, can be seen plunging 26 feet into the nearly seven-foot deep lake water below, in an instant.

Deputy Director General of Conservation Mike Slater confirmed there were no injuries.

Thank goodness no one was badly hurt…We will be making sure that these people are being well cared for and all our visitor needs are being met.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

See for yourself here, but hold on to your stomachs.

Source: Adrien Whistle/YouTube

PHOTOS: Two friends climbed the world’s scariest landmarks and put it all on Instagram>

VIDEO: Here’s what it’s like to parachute into Croke Park>

About the author:

Dan MacGuill

Read next: