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Corona ArchUtah – Kyle Stocking died on Sunday after a failed rope-swing attempt from the famous Corona Arch.

For reasons I do not pretend to understand, some people like to jump from the 140-foot high, red sandstone arch, as seen in various YouTube videos. But for one brave adventurer, this activity ended in his death after the 22-year-old made a fatal miscalculation.

Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal reported that the “length of rope to swing from the arch was miscalculated and when [Stocking] swung under the arch, he struck the ground . . . receiving fatal injuries.”

After Stocking hit the ground, five friends he was with called for help. Unfortunately, rescuers would find Stocking dead at the bottom of the Corona Arch.

Deputy director of  the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration said the land is public and has remained open to private parties for climbing, rappelling and swinging, and she doesn’t see that changing in light of Stocking’s death.

“As far as the general public is concerned, there is no way we can keep people out of these areas,” Kim Christy said. “There’s no way on Earth you can tell someone not to climb a mountain.”

While no video of the incident has been published online, I did find this re-enactment:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/clayton.c.mcthenia Clayton Corey Mcthenia

    Lol like the added video!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.hecker.9 Lisa Hecker

    Darwin Award nominee, clearly

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.lacour.9 Robert LaCour

    LMAO..LOVE THIS VID, This one deserves the darwin award

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiffani.kase.7 Tiffani Kase

    Shame on me, but when I heard this on the news this morning I actually giggled. What a moron.

  • Suzy Sears

    Darwin Award nuff said

  • Suzy Sears

    Fine minds huh lol

  • Buffettgirl

    What a waste… gene pool seems to be clearing up though…

  • newstarshipsmell

    This is what happens when you get yards and meters confused.

    LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjensen91 Matthew Jensen

    Yeah, hordes of kids go down for spring break. It’s inevitable someone dies

  • Jessica Stewart

    Yes but was he screaming ‘DERP’ or ‘ERMAHGERD’ on the way down? That’s how you could tell if he knew failure was eminent when he jumped or not. Either way, he hit rock bottom………….sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    Just in case some of you are too lazy for Google.
    1 yard = 36″
    1 meter = 39″ or 1.0936 yards

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    I am guessing that he missed calculated the elastic / displacement cable stretch of the rope he used. Poor calculations and not sheer stupidity has been the undoing of many.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JenniferHerrick Jennifer Herrick

    What a way to go! :/

  • http://www.myspace.com/davidschwab DavidRavenMoon

    “For reasons I do not pretend to understand, some people like to jump from the 140-foot high, red sandstone arch, as seen in various YouTube videos.”

    It should be clear from watching various YouTube videos, and reading the comments there, that the world is filled with very stupid people, and that’s their meeting place. And they like to do dumb things and record them to video. Sad but true.

  • Scretch

    i wonder if there was a crunch sound when he hit the ground like the one Wiley made…

  • Scretch

    Wile E. *my bad*

  • LeaveMeBe

    THIS is why they always told us in school we would need math later in life.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I don’t find it sad, so long as they stick to the recording it on video thing.

  • shadough

    I’m pretty uptight and normally don’t find humour in someone’s death, but the accompanying video is some funny shit.

  • techsupp0rt

    And why they said that if all of your friends jump off of a cliff, doesn’t mean you should too!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sarahl4d Sarah L4d

    i’m sure it would be fun as hell, but I’d be wayy too scared to actually do it. I’m not leaving my fate up to a rope. Or stupidity.

  • LeaveMeBe

    LMFAO! True. :)

  • JGo555

    Don’t feel sorry for him but for his family. I try my hardest to not get in danger’s/death way.

  • Chixdigme

    Were it me, I certainly would have had the forethought to test it with a sandbag first…..DUH.

  • DudeKembro

    I crapped my pants when I clicked play on the video. I’m ashamed for laughing.