TIME Accident

Newlywed Dies BASE-Jumping in Zion National Park

Husband says parachute failed during 2,000-ft leap

A newlywed woman died Saturday after her parachute failed to open during a 2,000 foot BASE jump from a peak in Zion National Park, Utah.

Amber Bellows, 28, was an experienced BASE jumper who was visiting Zion with her husband of two weeks, Clayton Butler. Butler said Bellows jumped first, but her parachute didn’t open properly, CNN reports.

He said he jumped after her but couldn’t find her, so he hiked out of the park to get help. BASE jumping, or parachuting off fixed objects such as mountains, bridges or buildings, is illegal in Zion National Park.

Authorities located Bellows’s body Sunday morning, and airlifted her out of the park. Her death is still under investigation, authorities say.


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