Husband cited for BASE jumping after wife's death

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:01 PM

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said 29-year-old Clayton Butler was cited Tuesday for jumping from a natural feature. Baltrus says the misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail.

Butler and his 28-year-old wife, Amber Bellows, had hiked to the top of Mount Kinesava on Saturday. Authorities say Bellows jumped first about 4 p.m. but fell about 2,000 feet to her death when her parachute failed.

Butler jumped next but couldn't reach his wife's body. It was recovered the next day.

BASE jumping is banned in the park. BASE jumping is a sport in which people parachute from buildings, bridges and other features.

The couple were married in Salt Lake City two weeks before Bellows' death.