Zipline worker falls to his death while trying to save woman

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A man in California has died after falling more than 20 metres from a zipline while trying to save a woman from getting hurt.

Zipline worker Joaquin Romero, 34, was reportedly helping a woman on the platform of the zipline with her harness when she started to slide out on the line. 

Mr Romero reportedly grabbed onto her harness in an attempt to stop her, resulting in them both drifting out and dangling more than 20 metres above the ground.

KSWB reported that a witness said Mr Romero made the decision to let go, worried the combined weight of them both would make the zipline collapse, resulting in him falling to his death.

Joaquin Romero wearing black glasses, beanie and shirt with a beard looking down at the camera almost smiling.
Joaquin Romero died saving a woman on the zip line. Source: GoFundMe

He was rushed to hospital via helicopter but sadly died on Monday morning local time, two days after the accident in Pauma Valley outside of San Diego.

According to the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office, Mr Romero died of multiple "blunt force injuries" from the fall.

"Paramedics transported the decedent to the Sharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (ED) via helicopter," a press release from the examiner's office read.

"He arrived pulseless and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated."

The woman was reportedly uninjured in the accident.

Zipline can reach speeds of 88km/h

The zipline is a tourist attraction at the reservation of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians. The website describes the attraction as a “thrilling” ride that can reach speeds of up to 88km/h and features lines from 90 to 820 metres long.

Tribal chairwoman Normal Contreras told Fox News the tribe was "saddened and heartbroken over the recent tragic accident".

The zipline is a popular tourist attraction. Source: Facebook
The zipline is a popular tourist attraction. Source: Facebook/La Jolla

"Like any employer, we pride ourselves on having a safe working environment and a safe and enjoyable experience for our customers," she said.

"Given the circumstances of the accident, the Tribe is conducting an in-depth and comprehensive investigation, in coordination and cooperation with federal and state authorities.

"We ask that you join us in keeping our employee and his family in our prayers."

A statement posted online said the course has been temporarily closed since the accident. 

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