Over the past several weeks newlywed BASE jumper Amber Bellows was riding the high of her life. She had just married her husband Clayton Bulter, but over the weekend she took a jump she didn't survive.
"It all started Saturday, we got a call at 6:30p that a BASE jumper had died," said Aly Baltrus, Public Information Officer, Zion National Park.
A spokesperson for Zion National Park said the pair went BASE jumping off Mount Kinesava. They had jumped together several times before. This time there was a problem with Bellows’ parachute.
"From his account the parachute did not open… he said he jumped after her but wasn't able to reach her so he hiked out," said Baltrus.
Butler called 911, a helicopter flew in Sunday morning to retrieve her body. Friends of the couple said they're devastated by her death. They said their community has lost someone whose smile was infectious, and made the world brighter around her. Although base jumping at Zion is considered illegal, park representatives share their pain.
"It's just very sad, even though it was illegal, it's still a tragic event," said Baltrus.
A spokesperson for Zion said this is the park's first fatality this year, and first ever BASE jumper death.
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