When YouTube Kills

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When YouTube Kills

Postby nanuq » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:42 am

Utah man, 22, accidentally jumps to his death during rope-swing stunt made famous by YouTube


A 22-year-old Utah man was killed while swinging from a rock arch in a stunt made popular by YouTube.

Grand County sheriff's officials say Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, died about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, after hitting the ground below the 140-foot-tall Corona Arch near Moab.

Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal told The Salt Lake Tribune the length of rope from the arch was miscalculated and sent Stocking swinging into the ground as he went under the red sandstone formation.

Rescuers say he was dead at the scene. He was with five friends at the time of his death.

Viral videos have bolstered the activity of swinging under the arch, which involves using rock climbing ropes and jumping from near the top of the arch.

One video titled 'World's Largest Rope Swing' has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube since it was posted in February.

Utah state officials recently banned commercial outfitters from taking paying clients to the arch for for the rope swing activity as it rapidly gained popularity online.

The move was meant to recuse the state of any liability for accidents at the arch, though private parties are still free to take part in the activity.
Daredevils on the Corona Arch rope swing, Moab,

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