A newlywed died in a cliff-jumping accident — while her husband of just two weeks looked on helplessly. It happened Saturday, here at Zion national park in Utah.
National park service officials say the 28-year-old woman and her husband were “base” jumping off of mount Kinesava.
That dangerous activity involves leaping from cliffs, buildings and other tall objects — with only a small parachute.
Park rangers say what they were doing was illegal.
The woman’s parachute apparently failed as she jumped.
“She basically fell almost 1,500 feet…. First fatality of base jumping at all at Zion national park, and our first fatality for the 2014 year.”
Authorities say the woman’s husband told them he jumped after her, but he could not reach her.
He hiked out of the park and called for help, but a recovery team couldn’t get to her body until the next day.
Officials say both the woman and her husband were experienced jumpers.