Three BASE Jumpers Die in Zion

Including climber Sean Leary


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The body of Sean Leary, a climber known for his record-breaking Yosemite ascents, was found this past weekend by authorities in Zion National Park.

According to Climbing, he died in a BASE-jumping accident on March 13. Officials started searching for Leary on Sunday after he failed to return home.   

Leary, who set a speed record with Alex Honnold in 2009, was one of the most talented climbers of his generation. He climbed El Capitan many times, including three routes in one day with Honnold.   

Leary is the third person to die this year while attempting to parachute illegally from the park’s cliffs. Another jumper was killed Friday when he fell about 400 feet while leaping from an area near Moab. Amber Bellows, 28, died in the national park in February when her parachute failed to open.  

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