SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story March 25 about the death of a man swinging under Corona Arch, The Associated Press misidentified the victim of an earlier climbing accident. He was Zachary Taylor, not Zachery Taylor. The story also misidentified the location of Tear Drop Arch where Taylor died. The arch is located near Moab; another arch of the same name is located in Utah's Monument Valley.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Man, 22, dies while swinging from Utah rock arch
22-year-old man killed while swinging from Utah rock arch in rope stunt popularized on YouTube
By PAUL FOY
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 22-year-old Utah man was killed trying to swing through the opening of a 110-foot-tall sandstone arch in a stunt made so popular on YouTube that state authorities recently banned the daredevil activity by commercial outfitters.
Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, left too much slack in the rope he was using, and it sent him crashing into the sandstone base of Corona Arch near Moab, Grand County sheriff's officials said. He died Sunday afternoon.
Viral videos have bolstered the activity, which involves swinging wildly from ropes through arch and canyon openings. One video titled "World's Largest Rope Swing" has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube since it was posted in February.
"Pendulum" swinging is a relatively new form of recreation in Utah's canyon lands, which see plenty of injuries and deaths from rock climbing and BASE jumping, which involves leaping from a fixed object with a parachute. On March 13, another man, Zachary Taylor, was killed rappelling at Tear Drop Arch near Moab.
It's part of the recreational "craziness" sweeping the Moab area, where the annual Jeep Safari week got started Saturday, another potentially dangerous activity that involves rock crawling in modified vehicles, said John Weisheit, of Living Rivers, a local environmental group.
"People aren't accepting nature for what it is. They have to put an element of excitement into it," said Weisheit, a longtime rafting guide. "People see it on YouTube and then say, 'That looks like fun.'"