Delaware Zip Line Course To Reopen After Investigation Into Woman’s Fatal Fall

BEAR, Del. (CBS) — Tina Werner, 59, fell to her death at the Go Ape Aerial Rope Adventure Course at Lums Pond State Park on August 24. Officials say she fell 35 feet to the ground as she waited to descend on a zip line.

An investigation followed after the incident.

According to Go Ape officials, the course will reopen on Friday. Officials released a statement on Thursday which read in part: “Go Ape remains saddened by the tragic incident that occurred Aug. 24 at the Treetop Adventure course operated by the company at Lums Pond State Park.”

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The company said that they acted in cooperation with state officials and that an independent investigation was done at the course on August 30 to review safety and the equipment on the premises.

They add that a final report was available for the company and state officials on September 7 and that it concluded that “the processes and procedures by Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park are well-conceived, meet applicable industry standards and industry-accepted practices, and are effective in their implementation.”

Go Ape says that the report also indicated that all of the safety equipment was in working order. The company’s stated that their internal investigation showed that the accident was caused by “participant error.”

The course will reopen on Friday at 9:00 a.m.


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