Utah woman dies in parachute accident

6:41 PM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
This is the main entrance to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. (Photo: David Becker, Getty Images)
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(USA Today)-- A Utah woman died Saturday after attempting a parachute jump at Zion National Park.

In a statement detailing the incident on Zion's website, Amber Bellows' husband, Clayton Butler, who was with her, said his wife's parachute failed to open properly after she jumped off Mount Kinesava.

The Salt Lake City couple had been married two weeks and were experienced at BASE jumping. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth, which includes the different platforms used by jumpers, according to the Associated Press.

Butler said he jumped after her but could not save her as she fell 2,000 feet. After hiking to get help, Butler informed park officials around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Her body was located at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday.

BASE jumping, in which people jump from fixed points ranging from buildings to mountains, then deploy a parachute, is prohibited at Zion.

"BASE jumping is so dangerous. Even for those that are experienced, like Amber Bellows," said Zion's acting superintendent, Jim Milestone, in a statement. "That is one of the reasons it is not allowed in the park."

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