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Heartstopping moment daredevil hangs over 354-foot drop by her ankles

Heartstopping moment daredevil hangs over 354-foot drop by her ankles

Tour guide Kristin Torres dared the Devil's Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

A tour guide has shown her immense courage after braving the famous Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The falls, which are called 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' or 'Thundering Smoke' in Lozi, and 'Shungu Namutitima' or 'Boiling Water' in Tonga, are classed as the largest waterfall in the world in terms of the sheet of water which is falling, with the drop having a width of 5,604 feet and height of 354 feet.

But that didn't deter tour guide Kristin Torres from braving the so-called 'Devil's Pool'.

And a fair warning, if you're not great with heights then you might find this a little unnerving.

Kristin is originally from Boston in the USA, but now lives in Zanzibar.

She made the trip to the location on border between Zambia and Zimbabwe with her husband Ryan Torres this month.

The pair run a safari tour company called Born To Dream Tours, which offers guests the chance to visit the falls with a partnering company.

But this time it was Kristin's turn to make the heart-stopping trip.

Kristin and Ryan went to Victoria Falls.
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Recounting her trip, she said: "It was very nerve wracking. One of the scariest parts was walking out [onto the edge] as the water pressure is extremely strong."

Nonetheless, she said that once she got there she was fine.

"But once you get into the water it's like a jacuzzi and the water is very warm and relaxing," she said.

"When you first go out they have you lay on your stomach as they hold your ankles.

"There is a lot of water pressure but it almost presses you down onto the rock like a natural suction cup."

It wasn't quite done yet though - part of the trip involved tourists dangling over the edge on their backs as a guide held onto their ankles.

Kristin braves the Devil's Pool.
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Kristin said: "Another scary part was when you have to lay on your back with your heads in the water and you can't hear anything so you can't hear if the guide is giving you instructions or not and you can't see anything."

Even then, there was one part which she had not anticipated on her journey - the wildlife.

"Little fish were also biting at my legs and this scared me as nobody had told me about this part," she said.

And as for the trip itself, she doesn't regret a thing after carrying out the terrifying feat.

She said: "It was definitely worth taking the risk. I love adventure travel and when I saw Devil's Pool a long time ago, I knew I had to go."

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