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In memory of Amber Bellows

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TOWER JUMP – Clayton Hoyt Butler & Amber Bellows

Amber Bellows Falls 2,000 Ft. To Death while her parachute didn’t open in Zion National Park in Utah on Feb. 1.

Clayton Hoyt Butler and Amber Bellows take to the sky in this adrenaline filled free fall brought to you by Josh Lloyd Media. Watch closely as this power couple takes on Buttermilk Tower located due West of Knowhere, Utaho.

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Amber Bellows falls

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A Utah newlywed who went BASE jumping in Zion National Park with her husband of two weeks was killed when her parachute failed to open properly and she plunged to her death, a park official said Monday.

Amber Bellows, 28, plummeted about 2,000 feet during a jump off of Mount Kinesava on Saturday, the National Parks Service. Her new husband told authorities he noticed there was trouble with her parachute and he jumped after his wife to try to save her, but was unable to reach her.

After landing, Clayton Butler, 29, hiked for more than two hours before reaching park officials at sundown to notify them of the incident. Search crews using a helicopter recovered Bellow’s body on Sunday in a rugged area of the mountain’s base, park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said.

The couple were experienced with BASE jumping, a form of skydiving where a person free-falls off a fixed surface before activating a parachute, the Parks Service said. The term BASE stands for buildings, antennas, spans and earth.

Bellows’ death was the first BASE jumping fatality at Zion National Park. Parachuting of any kind is illegal at the park.

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Daredevil Matthew Gough escapes death

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Daredevil Matthew Gough escapes death.
Base Jump Off Cliff Goes Badly Wrong. British basejumper’s terrified face as his parachute failed to open when he leapt off 1,000ft cliff. A terrified basejumper hurtles towards the ground after his parachute failed to open when he jumped off a 1,000ft cliff. But amazingly Matthew Gough, 25, escaped with only minor cuts and bruises despite crashing into rocks on his way down before landing on the sand.
The daredevil said he thought he was going to die when his parachute got twisted on his way down.

Matthew, of Lichfield, Staffordshire, filmed the jump at Lake Garda, Italy, using a camera attached to his helmet.

He has carried out more than 180 basejumps at locations around the world and all of them had previously been successful.

At the end of the video the daredevil can be seen lying on the ground appearing shocked but conscious and not seriously hurt. His parachute is only partially opened.

He had minor injuries to his ankles and knees as well as a bloodied nose.

Matthew was travelling the world and taking part in extreme sports but flew back to Britain after this jump went wrong.

He was in hospital for around seven hours for tests but was swiftly discharged.

Matthew, who took up the sport after completing over 700 sky dives, recalled the horrifying moment he thought he was going to die.

He said: ‘I prepared for the jump, everything felt really good. Then I performed a “track”, which means you are flying in a forwards direction.

‘Everything was going fine and then I pulled the parachute. The problem was the deployment was really slow, it comes down to simple bad luck, nothing else, the conditions were fine, the parachute twisted and when it inflated it was facing backwards.

‘Due to the twists I couldn’t control it, I did the best I could with the situation and tried to avoid the cliff but I didn’t have the time or the space to avoid the impact.

‘When I impacted the first time I started spinning which made the situation worse, the parachute twisted even more before going into a dive and then spiralled towards the ground while I was smashing against the cliff.

‘I was trying to think about what to do, but all I could think about was trying to stay alive, I knew the final impact was coming soon and I knew if I hit the floor at the speed I was travelling, I was in a whole lot of trouble.

‘I managed to hang off one side of the canape and get away from the cliff but couldn’t control it still, I didn’t know if I was going to hit the floor or go into the lake.

‘I thought both of my legs were broken so I knew I couldn’t go into the lake, plus, I can’t swim which made things even worse.’

He added: ‘All I was shouting was “give me something” it was like I was in a gladiator arena faced against ten guys and I was given just a spoon to fight with, I felt I was desperately fighting to stay alive.

‘I was trying everything I could to get some kind of control, then I looked down and saw around ten spikes which I believe were used to hang up wet suits.