Base jumper dies in Utah when parachute fails

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — A woman died on Saturday in a base jumping accident near Utah’s Zion National Park.

Officials say the still-unidentified woman’s parachute failed to open and she smashed to the ground Saturday afternoon. The fall was about 1,500 feet.

Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus says the woman had been attempting the jump from Mount Kinesava, in the southern part of the park.

The woman, in her mid-30s, fell to her death at approximately 2:30 p.m., but park personnel were not alerted until 6:30 p.m., because the woman’s companion had to hike down the mountain.

Baltrus says this is the first base jumping fatality in Zion, which does not allow the sport in the park.

Officials were planning a helicopter search for the woman’s body today.


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