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Man dies after falling 100 feet from rope swing

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Posted at 8:44 PM, May 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 20:22:21-04

GRAND COUNTY, Utah – A man died after he fell about 100 feet from a rope swing in Day Canyon in Grand County on Sunday evening.

Chief Deputy Darrel Mecham, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, said Adam Weber, 32, and a woman, later identified as Weber's fiancee, were going to do a tandem rope swing from one side of the canyon to the other, and then they planned to rappel down.

According to a press release, after the completion of the swing Weber took his feet out of his stirrups and then fell while he was setting up to rappel down. Several people had successfully completed the rope swing and rappel at that location before the accident.

Rescue crews were able to reach Weber at the bottom of the canyon, but he died at the scene. The woman was rescued safely, and she is uninjured.

Weber's brother told FOX 13 that he had been rock climbing sporadically over the last five years.

This is the third death in southern Utah connected to rappelling or rope swinging this year. Investigators are warning adventurists to use extreme caution doing those activities.