BASE jumper falls to death in Utah national park after chute did not open

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Springdale, UT, United States (4E) – A BASE jumper fell 2,000 feet to her death Saturday when her parachute did not open after she jumped off Mount Kinesava in Utah’s Zion National Park.

National Parks Service (NPS) rescuers recovered the body of Amber Marie Bellows, 28, from a remote and difficult terrain using a helicopter around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Bellows was with her new husband, Clayton Butler, 29, when she jumped from the mountain around 4 p.m. When her parachute did not open, Butler, who just married Bellows two weeks ago, jumped and tried to catch her but failed. He was able to call and report the incident to park employees around 6:30 p.m. but rescuers decided to retrieve the body in daylight as a precaution.

BASE jumping is banned in the park for being dangerous, park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said. The newlyweds’ stunts were the first BASE jumping to be done in the park and resulted in the first BASE jumping death in the park.

The family of the dead victim did not want to comment to the media over the death of Bellows.

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