Zion Nation Park experienced it’s first BASE jump fatality on Saturday when a 28-year-old newlywed woman fell 2,000 feet to her death.
Amber Bellows had traveled to Zion with Clayton Butler, her husband of two weeks. Amber reportedly jump first from the peak of 7,276 foot Mount Kinesava. When her parachute failed to open properly her husband leaped after her but was unable to reach her in time. Butler then hiked out to find help.
Rescue teams found Bellows’s body the next morning and airlifted her out.
“BASE jumping is so dangerous,” acting park superintendent Jim Milestone said in a statement, “even for those that are experienced, like Amber Bellows. That is one of the reasons it is not allowed in the park.”