A 59-year-old Delaware woman plunged to her death off a zip line platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction.
The victim was identified as Tina Werner, 59, of Felton, Delaware, said Fox News.
Werner died at the Bear, Delaware park on August 24.
The tragedy comes on the heels of other incidents at amusement parks this summer, including the death of Caleb Schwab, a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated at a waterpark in Missouri.
Werner fell from the zip line platform to her death while waiting to descend.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Zip Line Adventure Was on Werner’s ‘Bucket List’
Werner’s daughter posted on Facebook after the accident that the zip line adventure was on her mother’s bucket list. She described Werner as “full of love and adventure.”
“Today, about 3 hours ago, I was told that my mother has died. Full of love and adventure, I am thankful to be her daughter,” she wrote. “My mom died completing her bucket list, zip lining in Newark. During this time, I seek to understand God’s purpose. I want to take this opportunity to remind you that we never know when we are no longer on this earth. It is necessary to acknowledge that God gives us life through His son’s sacrifice for our sins and by repenting, we are made new. By living a life for God, according to His Word, we are able to live eternally. This is truly the hardest situation that I have ever faced. I ask for you prayers for my family. I would also like to ask for prayers as I learn how to make arrangements. Please hold your family close tonight and give God glory.”
A friend of Werner’s daughter wrote, “I just talked to her the other day too this hurts me beyond words she was like a mom to me when we were kids.”
2. Werner Fell Thirty Five to Forty Feet to Her Death
Fox News says the fall occurred as Werner was trying to descend from a platform, and she fell 35 feet to the ground.
Other news sites said her fall was 40 feet.
The Go Ape amusement park closed after the death so it could be investigated and gave customers refunds, said Delaware Online.
3. Werner Lost Her Footing at the Outdoor Zip Line, Police Say
Werner fell after losing her footing, said police.
According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, the company that runs the amusement park “says she appeared to disconnect herself from a safety system before falling.”
She was on the final platform in a 3,166-foot-long course when she fell to her death, said NBC 10.
4. Some of Werner’s Family & Friends Were on the Course at the Time, Reports Say
Chris Swallo, the director of Go Ape, said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and in particular to those who were on the course with her at the time.”
5. The Amusement Park Customers ‘Swing’ Through Treetops
According to The Sun, the Go Ape attraction “features a two-to-three hour tour through the forest canopy with zip lines, suspended obstacles and swings between platforms, according to the Go Ape website.”
Delaware Online describes the attraction as, “a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.”