Zip Line Worker Joaquin Romero Dies after Falling at Zip Line Course on La Jolla Indian Reservation
NORTH COUNTY, CA (November 4, 2021) – Joaquin Romero died after falling about 70 feet from a zip line on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon on October 30. Authorities said the 34-year-old victim from Banning was working on the receiving platform and tried to assist a woman get hooked onto the platform. However, the woman started sliding out on the zip line. As a result, Romero was unable to stop her and grabbed onto her harness to keep her from sliding.
However, Romero was pulled onto the line with her, causing them to slide out farther.
According to witnesses, Romero decided to let go of the woman’s harness in fear that their combined weight would cause the zip line to fall.
Soon after, Romero fell about 70 feet to the ground. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries.
Fire crews used ropes and a rescue basket to hoist Romero onto a road. After that, paramedics loaded him onto an ambulance and taken to a medical helicopter in a landing zone.
Officials airlifted Romero to a hospital. However, he died two days later on Monday morning, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.
The woman Romero was helping was not hurt. At this time, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joaquin Romero.
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