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Woman Falls to Her Death From Zip Line

59-year-old fell about 40 feet

(Newser) - A 59-year-old woman who went to a Delaware zip line park for a "Treetop Adventure" experience instead fell to her death Wednesday, Delaware Online reports. The woman fell about 40 feet, and the news site says crew members and others at the scene were "visibly shaken" by what... More »

Whee! Niagara Falls Jumps on Zipline Trend

The latest natural wonder to use give Indiana Jones-style flair to tourists

(Newser) - Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zipline, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take a plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40mph. The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists... More »

Woman Plunges 150 Ft. in Fatal Zipline Fall

Hawaii accident may revive effort to legislate ziplines

(Newser) - A California woman who recently moved to Maui died Thursday morning when she plunged 150 feet from a zipline, Hawaii News Now reports. Rescuers struggled to find Patricia Rabellizsa, 29, among the vegetation, tree cover, and difficult terrain found in the area of Makawao. "Where the ziplines are, they... More »

NFL Mascot Seriously Hurt in Zip Line Accident

Kansas City Chiefs' Dan Meers suffers back injury

(Newser) - A man who has been the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot for more than two decades was seriously injured this weekend while rehearsing a zip line routine at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney today blamed human error and said the company responsible for securing his riggings appeared to be at fault. It'... More »

Guinness-Record Holder Dies While Repeating Stunt

Sailendra Nath Roy attempted to cross river via zip line and ponytail

(Newser) - An Indian daredevil who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records died yesterday while repeating a version of his stunt, reports the BBC . Sailendra Nath Roy entered the record books in 2011 after traveling the farthest recorded distance on a zip line ... using his hair. The 48-year-old (other... More »

London's Mayor Gets Stuck on Zip Line

Boris Johnson laughs it off

(Newser) - Most of the Olympic highlight reels today include footage not of an athlete but of London Mayor Boris Johnson. The good mayor took a zip-line ride in part to celebrate his nation's first gold medal —and promptly got stuck while waving his little Union Jacks, reports the Guardian... More »

Hugh Jackman Injured in High-Flying Oprah Stunt

Actor enters via zipline, forgets to pull the brake

(Newser) - Hugh Jackman crashed Oprah Winfrey’s Australian show … literally. The Aussie star made his entrance via zip line, from the top of the Sydney Opera House to an outdoor stage below. Just one problem: He got so distracted by the huge crowd, he forgot to pull the brake and... More »

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