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Utah woman dies in parachute accident near Zion

Newlywed Watches As Wife Base Jumps To Her Death


A Utah woman attempting a parachute jump near Zion National Park died when her parachute failed to open, park officials said.

Amber Bellows fell about 2,000 feet to the ground Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old had been attempting the jump from Mount Kinesava, in the southern part of the park famous for its soaring red rock formations.

Bellows hiked to the top of the mountain Saturday morning with her husband, 29-year-old Clayton Butler. The Salt Lake City couple had married just two weeks before.

Bellows jumped first, around 4 p.m., but her parachute did not open. Her husband jumped after her but could not reach her body. It took him two hours to hike down the mountain and notify park officials.

Officials began a helicopter search on Sunday morning and found Bellows' body by 10 a.m.

Park officials said Bellows had been an experienced BASE jumper. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth - the different platforms used by jumpers.

BASE jumping is banned in Zion, and this is the first time a jumper has died.

"It is just really sad and our condolences go out to her family and friends," Acting Superintendent Jim Milestone said in a statement. "BASE jumping is so dangerous. Even for those that are experienced, like Amber Bellows. That is one of the reasons it is not allowed in the park."

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catrn7 February 11 2014 at 3:04 PM

There is nothing funny about this. It is as a matter of logic one of 2 things. An accident or murder. Notwithstanding "suicide" which is ALWAYS one of 3 things an accident, intentional, or murder. Sugar coating anything is exactly that; making something sweeter for someone. That's why Forensics is very important and M. E. AND Coroners need to be of the highest moral caliber, akin to dispassionate. JUST THE FACTS PLEASE. Thank you. God help her. Her family and Husband. Lesson to be learned? YOU have a chance of living or dying if you jump (OR PUSHED OR THROWN) off a mountain and you increase the chance that you might die with hobbies such as this. The timing is absolutely suspicious. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Baden M.E. need to weigh in. Sincerely,
Albert Einshtine

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red65malibuss February 11 2014 at 2:09 PM

I'll bet the husband packed the chute. Prob has a nice life ins policy on her as well. She must have turned out to be a real b!tch.

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doleeu7 February 11 2014 at 1:54 AM

Another Mormon learns about parachuting. Oh well she is now the Queen on her own planet waiting for her king to join her. Probably chatting up a breeze with Kolob.

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chetrbronx01 February 11 2014 at 1:30 AM

Jay go to Fox,,you need to be on tv ur the best.Why allow those jerks to Win

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donahuepapad123 February 11 2014 at 1:22 AM

did the parrichute fail ? or did she hit the walls ?? because if it was the parrichute , it wouldnt have made any difference if it was at a legal jump site or not ? and just because some people want to try and live as long as possible , lets not put down the activities of those who are ready to leave this place at any time , if its the will of the cosmos ??? more room and stuff for the rest of us , wish them well and may they have a pleasnt journey , so mote it be .....

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pem February 11 2014 at 1:26 AM

Everything yous aid until your last comment was cruel.

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eddieflguy February 11 2014 at 1:21 AM

Just because she did something illegal does not mean that she deserved to die. Some of you are heartless and have no compassion. It must be nice to be perfect and never have done anything that is illegal or wrong!!

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stepoutofthenorm February 11 2014 at 1:12 AM

Did he have a life insurance policy on her?

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gestwo February 11 2014 at 1:11 AM

Lori, God forgot to give you a heart or compassion, how sad. I guess you've never have broken a rule or told a lie. The man's heart will be broken the rest of his life which is far greater punishment we give to a convicted murder. I feel sad for you, you need to search your soul and embrace the special qualities that make "most" of us loving people. Shame on you girl..

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arsewagon February 11 2014 at 1:10 AM

Ladies first....at least chivalry lives on.

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mkg@uscga49.com February 11 2014 at 12:31 AM

K sarah, sarah, Darwinism at it's best !

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