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Zip Line Co.: Woman in Deadly Fall Unhooked Safety Gear

Tina Werner's daughter described her as "super fun" and "adventurous"

NBC10’s Tim Furlong has new details about apparently what caused a woman to fall to her death from a Delaware zip line attraction. Go Ape, the company that runs the zip line in Lums Pond state park says that Tina Werner disconnected herself from the safety system. (Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016)

The woman who died after a 35-foot fall from a zip line course in Bear Wednesday afternoon disconnected herself from safety measures, according to a statement from the company that runs the course, released as Delaware State Police investigators searched for more information Thursday.

Tina Werner of Felton, Del., was visiting the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure Wednesday when she fell from a platform while waiting to descend on a zip line, state troopers said.

Go Ape employees administered first aid in an attempt to save Werner's life before paramedics rushed the 59-year-old woman to Christiana Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Tina Werner of Felton, Del. (L) died after falling from a zip line platform. She was 59.
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Werner was trying out the zip line as part of her bucket list, NBC10's Tim Furlong reported. The company that runs the course says she appeared to disconnect herself from a safety system before falling.'

Police said in a news release late Thursday that an autopsy found Werner died from "multiple blunt force trauma by way of an accident."

Go Ape released a statement Thursday that said the company has safely served more than 6 million customers, is "deeply saddened" by Werner's death and is cooperating with external investigators.

The statement says Werner underwent safety training on staying attached to the safety system and had proceeded to the final platform in Site 4 in the 3,166-foot-long course before falling.

"Participant witnesses have stated that at the time of the accident the participant had unfortunately disconnected herself from the safety system," the statement said.

A caution sign warning zip line customers to "always stay attached" is posted to a tree at the Go Ape facility in Bear, Delaware. A woman fell 35 feet from a platform on the course and later died.
Photo credit: NBC10

"We confirm that a full inspection of the course, with particular focus on the last platform at Site 4, has been undertaken and all of the course and associated safety equipment was and remains in sound operational condition. Nothing was broken or unserviceable," Go Ape said.

Werner's daughter, Melissa Slater, described her mom as "super fun," and "adventurous." After traveling to Venice, Italy and taking a hot-air balloon ride, Werner had told her daughter Tuesday that riding the zip line was next.

"She was finishing her bucket list," said Werner's daughter, Melissa Slater.

The Lums Pond course remained closed Thursday out of respect.

The Go Ape zip line facility in Bear, Delaware.
Photo credit: NBC10

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