(CNN) — A newlywed woman died after plunging about 2,000 feet after a BASE jumping attempt in Utah’s rugged Zion National Park, authorities said Sunday.
Amber Bellows, 28, and her husband of two weeks, Clayton Butler, climbed up Mount Kinesava, a 7,276-foot peak that overlooks the park, on Saturday, the National Park Service said.
The Salt Lake City couple were said to be experienced BASE jumpers — in which participants leap from fixed objects, such as mountains or buildings, using parachutes to slow their falls.
The risky activity is illegal inside Zion National Park, authorities said.
Bellows jumped first on Saturday afternoon, but her parachute didn’t open properly, Butler told authorities. He said he jumped after her, but he couldn’t reach her.