Heroic San Diego Zip Line Operator Falls At Least 70 Feet, Dies After Trying To Save Woman In Distress
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According to news reports, a selfless San Diego zip line worker fell 70 feet while trying to help a woman in distress, dying two days later.

34-year-old Joaquin Romero died from his injuries after he helped a stranded woman at Zip Zoom Zipline in the La Jolla Indian Reservation.

Authorities told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper that Romero fell 70 feet to the ground and suffered severe blunt force injuries.

Cal Fire Capt. Frank LoCoco said Joaquin Romero fell 70 feet during the incident.
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According to an eyewitness report, Romero was hooking a customer’s harness onto a platform when she slid out on the unsecured line.

Romero grabbed onto her harness to stabilize her, but both got yanked out on the zip line while suspended over 100 feet above the ground.

Knowing that their combined weight would cause the zip line to snap, Romero decided to let go of the woman’s harness. The woman was unhurt by the incident.

Cal-Fire Department Captain Frank LoCoco said that fire crews used a rescue basket to get Romero to safety before being rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians chairwoman Norma Contreras told news agencies that a comprehensive investigation into the deadly incident is underway.

Contreras declined to comment any further until after the investigation was completed.

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