Man Dies at Rock Arch: Kyle Lee Stocking Attempted Utah Rope Swing Stunt

Image: Man Dies at Rock Arch: Kyle Lee Stocking Attempted Utah Rope Swing Stunt 2012 photo of a person swinging from the Corona Arch near Moab, Utah. A 22-year-old man was killed Sunday, March 24, 2013 trying to swing through the opening of the 110-foot, 33-meter-tall, sandstone arch in a stunt.

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 07:39 AM

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A 22-year-old Utah man, Kyle Lee Stocking, who was swinging from a rock arch in a stunt made popular by YouTube, fell to his death Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Stocking, of West Jordan, died about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, after hitting the ground below the 140-foot-tall Corona Arch near Moab, Grand County officials said.

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Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal told The Salt Lake Tribune the length of rope from the arch was miscalculated and sent Stocking swinging into the ground as he went under the red sandstone formation.

Rescuers say he was dead at the scene. He was with five friends at the time of his death.

Viral videos have bolstered the activity of swinging under the arch, which involves using rock climbing ropes and jumping from near the top of the arch.

One video titled 'World's Largest Rope Swing' has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube since it was posted in February.

Utah state officials recently banned commercial outfitters from taking paying clients to the arch for for the rope swing activity as it rapidly gained popularity online.

The move was meant to recuse the state of any liability for accidents at the arch, though private parties are still free to take part in the activity.

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