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  • 11 February 2014, 6:14

Newlywed Base Jumper Plunges To Her Death

A 28-year-old newlywed has died in Utah after her parachute failed to open during a base jump.

Amber Bellows and her husband hiked to the top of Mount Kinesava in the southern part of Zion National Park on Saturday.

She jumped first, and as she was falling 2,000ft to the ground, her husband, 29-year-old Clayton Butler, saw her parachute was failing to open.

He immediately jumped off to follow her.

Officials later began a helicopter search and found Ms Bellows' body.

The couple, from Salt Lake City, had married just two weeks earlier.

Ms Bellows was experienced in base jumping, which is banned in the park. It is the first time a jumper has died there.

Acting Superintendent Jim Milestone said in a statement: "It is just really sad and our condolences go out to her family and friends.

"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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