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Man Dies At Corona Rock Arch After Rope Swing Stunt Goes Bad

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A 22-year-old man died this weekend at a rock arch in Utah.

According to Fox News, Kyle Lee Stocking was attempting to swing from a rope tied to Corona Arch on Sunday afternoon. Stocking miscalculated the length of rope he needed for the stunt and ended up falling close to 140-feet to his death.

Grand County sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal said that Stocking died at about 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Neal said: “(The)length of rope to swing from the arch was miscalculated and when [Stocking] swung under the arch, he struck the ground … receiving fatal injuries.”

The Corona Rock Arch near Moab, Utah, is a popular destination for thrill seekers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the arch became known as “the granddady of all cheap thrills” last year when climbers started using their equipment to set up a giant rope swing.

Commercial companies even started rope swinging trips to Corona. The commercial trips to the rock arch were recently banned but the arch has remained open to private parties for climbing and swinging.

A YouTube video called “The World’s Largest Rope Swing” was filmed at the Corona Arch and has more than 17 million views.

Here’s a video of the world’s largest rope swing.

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16 Responses to “Man Dies At Corona Rock Arch After Rope Swing Stunt Goes Bad”

  1. Pete Barron

    The worlds longest is almost 8 hundred feet done by Dan Osman about ten years ago in California. He later died doing the same stunt in Yosemite when his rope broke. Dano as he was called jumped off the Auburn Ravine Bridge in California. Was fun to watch and he got a serious rush. Till the day he died that is. RIP Dano and the gentlemen from this weekend.

  2. John Caputo

    Some thrills just aren't worth risking your life for. I visited Arches years ago, and the thought of doing that never crossed my mind. Just seeing this magnificent area was all the thrill I needed! But we've gone from a "Walden" mindset to an "X-generation" mindset. And I for one think this is a sorry move….

  3. Daniel Ketchum

    With more people like that, there will be less people like that.

  4. James Hodges

    Some days I wonder if I have it all together… Then I read a story about one of these fools… and my confidence is restored…

  5. John Marz

    the photo was cropped…here and elsewhere…on the wide-angle shot there is a lone roadrunner laughing next to an empty box that reads ACME Products 100% Guarenteed….