Woman Plunges 40ft To Death After Falling From Zip Line Attraction
A woman has died after falling from a zip line at an adventure park.
The 59-year-old fell around 40ft at Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware at around 1:40pm local time (6:40pm GMT) on Wednesday, the Mirror reports.
She was treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.
The woman was believed to be visiting the attraction with family. It is not yet known how she fell and no-one else was injured in the incident.
Authorities have not yet released the victim’s identity but next of kin have been informed.
Go Ape runs 30 sites in Britain and 15 similar sites in the United States. Its policy states visitors are given a 30-minute safety briefing from an instructor before going on the course independently, and that all participants are required read and sign a waiver after receiving the training.
For reference, here’s a similar course in Leeds:
Director of Go Ape, Chris Swallow, said in a statement:
The Go Ape team is deeply saddened by this tragic occurrence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and in particular to those who were on the course with her at the time.
We will of course be cooperating with the authorities with regard to this incident. It would be inappropriate to comment or speculate on the circumstances of this incident until all of the investigations are completed.
An investigation into the woman’s death is ongoing.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.