BASE jumper dies in Zion National Park

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Three deaths in more than six weeks, that's how many BASE jumpers have recently been killed in Utah. Two of them came just this past weekend. The latest jumper fell to his death in Zion National Park.
ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Three deaths in more than six weeks, that's how many BASE jumpers have recently been killed in Utah. Two of them came just this past weekend.
The latest jumper fell to his death in Zion National Park.

Rock climbers and BASE jumpers are mourning the death of Sean Leary, a man considered one of the best at his sport.

"For me the thrill is not so much diving as hard as I can at features, its more finding new things that no ones flown off of before," said Sean Leary in a video on epictv.com.

Epictv.com has posted a tribute video of Leary. It's believed Leary died jumping from West Temple peak in Zion National Park. On Sunday park officials found the body of a base jumper they believe is his, but so far Zion search and rescue crews can't reach the location.

"Often times the helicopter can't hover above where that location may be and sometimes that victim needs to be moved elsewhere where they can safely hover without its rotors being next to the cliff," said Bo Beck, Zion Search & Rescue.

According to climbing.com, Leary was not only a top wingsuit flyer, he was a world record speed climber.

A YouTube video of Leary shows him speed climbing the Nutcracker at Yosemite National Park in record time. Friends and fellow athletes are already sharing their grief on discussion boards like supertopo.com.

One person said - "Wow, so sad to hear. He was an inspiration to me."

Another said – “I am in shock and disbelief. Please keep his spirit crushing by just giving thanks and kind words."

And finally from his friend - "A great BASE flight is one of the greatest feelings in the world. And sadly it has taken way too many of my friends, including one of the Great Ones of all time, Sean Leary."

Search and rescue crews are hoping to retrieve Leary's body sometime on Tuesday.

BASE jumping is considered illegal in Zion National Park.

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