Man dies after 200-foot fall in canyon near Moab

By Anne Wilson

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: May 6, 2013 07:23AM
Updated: December 7, 2013 11:31PM

Grand County authorities say a man who fell 200 feet after swinging from a rope in Day Canyon on Sunday has died.

The man was swinging with a woman from a rope attached to a cable stretched across the canyon, which is near the Gemini Bridges area northwest of Moab, Grand County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Darrel Mecham said.

After the couple finished swinging and reached the canyon wall, they planned to rappel down to the canyon floor. But as the man was getting out of the swing harness, he fell, according to Mecham.

A group of people who were with the couple was able to rescue the woman. A medical helicopter then landed above the canyon floor, and the crew rappelled to the canyon floor to reach her wounded companion, Mecham said.

Medical personnel were unable to stabilize the man in order to transport him to a hospital and he died on the canyon floor, Mecham said.

Authorities did not immediately identify the couple.

Mecham said it’s not clear what type of surface the man landed on, but that there are sloping rocks on the canyon floor in that area.

An autopsy will be conducted, he said.

On March 24, a West Jordan man was killed at Corona Arch when he hit the ground while swinging after miscalculating the length of rope that was needed. Kyle Stocking, 22, was dead at the scene.