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Zip-line Employee Sacrifices Life for Stranded Woman[
On Saturday morning, a Zip-line employee in La Jolla Indian Reservation fell between 70 and 100 feet while attempting to help a woman who had gotten stranded on the line. According to a witness, he let go on purpose in order to avoid weighing down the line and risking both of their lives and died two days later.
The Zip Zoom Zipline employee’s name was 34 year old Joaquin Romera. According to The Mercury News, Romera grabbed the woman’s harness to keep her from falling before falling down himself. After his fall, he was airlifted to the hospital. The woman was uninjured from the incident. Cleveland describes the situation further, explaining that the woman began sliding when she was being hooked onto the zipline. And the Tribal Chairwoman of the area, Normal Contreras, gives the community’s condolences to their “employee and his family for their loss.” OSHA has begun safety investigations, and the zipline company is complying with federal and state authorities on their comprehensive investigations.
People notes that the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office reports the cause of death as multiple “blunt force injuries.” Additionally, NBC San Diego explains that after being airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, Romero arrived pulseless and immediately had CPR administered. Because of Romera’s poor health prognosis, he was placed in comfort care until he died on Monday.
The Hill’s Changing America also shared some interesting information about the company, citing its website. Zip Zoom Zipline has three ziplines, ranging from 300 to 2,700 feet in length. The lines apparently meet speeds up to about 55 miles per hour. They also noted a GoFundMe link for the family’s funeral funds. At the moment, it is unknown whether there will be charges from the Romera family against the zip lining company.