SPRINGDALE — Authorities have not yet recovered the body of a person who died while attempting a BASE jump in Zion National Park on Sunday. This is the second BASE jumping fatality ever recorded in Zion. The first Zion BASE jumping death occurred less than a month ago.
Zion National Park Service was alerted to an overdue BASE jumper in the vicinity of West Temple at 6:42 a.m., Sunday, according to a release issued by Zion National Park Spokesperson Aly Baltrus.
A helicopter crew from the Grand Canyon National Park Service was called in for the search.
Authorities located the body believed to be the missing BASE jumper just before 3 p.m. on Sunday. The body is located in difficult terrain and in an area where crosswinds limit the use of a helicopter, according to the release.
“Search and Rescue crews will assess options for recovery today,” Baltrus said. “The team hopes to be able to recover the body over the few several days.”
As of Monday morning, the BASE jumper’s name and details about the cause of the incident were not immediately released pending proper identification of the body.
BASE jumping is an activity which involves jumping with a parachute from tall structures such as buildings, bridges and natural features.
BASE jumping is illegal within Zion National Park for resource protection and safety reasons.
On February 8, 28-year-old Amber Bellows became the first person to die in a BASE jumping accident at Zion National Park. Bellows’ parachute failed to properly open after she leaped from 7,276-foot Mt. Kinesava and plunged toward the canyon floor.
Bellows’ husband of two weeks, Clayton Butler, was initially cited for a misdemeanor for BASE jumping in the park, but federal prosecutors dismissed the charge, declaring it was not in the interest of justice to prosecute.
The incident is currently under investigation.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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