HomeA man dies in the fall at the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline at the La Jolla Indian Reservation

A man dies in the fall at the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline at the La Jolla Indian Reservation

BAUMA VALLEY, CA — A man has died of injuries sustained after falling from a slip rope in the Boma Valley area of ​​North County, a family member told FOX 5 Monday, but they said it was a selfless act to save another life.

The accident occurred on Saturday at the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline in the La Jolla Indian Reservation.

A family member identified the victim as 34-year-old Joaquin Romero, and confirmed to FOX 5 that he died Monday morning at Sharp Memorial Hospital. A family member said Romero was an employee of the reserve’s popular attraction.

While Romero was working on Saturday, a witness said he was helping a woman slide on the podium when she started slipping on the line. He couldn’t stop her and clung to her belt, causing them to slide a hundred feet above the ground, according to the witness.

In a video filmed by the witness, Romero can be seen hanging from the woman’s belt. FOX 5 froze the video moments before the man fell off a slip rope.

The victim’s family said Romero was afraid the woman would fall because of the weight, so he made the heroic decision to abandon him. According to the witness, the woman was not infected.

When Cal Fire arrived in San Diego, Romero was pulled using a low-angle rope rescue system and suffered serious injuries. He was then airlifted to the hospital, but his death was later confirmed by a family member.

La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline commented on the tragic fall:

“We are heartbroken and heartbroken over the recent tragic accident of one of our employees at the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline. The tribe, tribal officials, employees and tribal members extend our deepest condolences to our employee and his family on their loss. Like any employer, we pride ourselves on having a safe working environment and a safe and enjoyable experience To our customers. Due to the circumstances of the incident, the tribe is conducting an in-depth and comprehensive investigation in coordination and cooperation with the federal and state authorities. Until this investigation is completed, we will not be able to provide any further comment on this incident. We ask that you join us in keeping our employee and his family in our prayers.”

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians via emailed statement

One of the three ropes is shown in a video from a The story of FOX 5 in 2018. Courses range from 300 to 2,700 feet in length and speeds up to 55 miles per hour.