Kyle Lee Stocking, a 22-year-old man from West Jordan, Utah, died Sunday while attempting a popular YouTube stunt on Utah’s notorious Corona Arch.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Stocking was attempting to rope swing underneath the 140-foot-tall stone arch – a feat that has been repeatedly documented in a recent series of YouTube videos -- when he misjudged the length of the rope needed and crashed into the ground to his death.
Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal told the newspaper that the "length of rope to swing from the arch was miscalculated and when he swung under the arch, he struck the ground ... receiving fatal injuries."
Sheriff’s deputies and rescue workers from the nearby town of Moab were dispatched to the scene but rescuers said Stocking was pronounced upon their arrival. Stocking was with five friends at the time of his death, according to the Daily Mail.
Corona Arch’s impressive size can reportedly create a 250-foot pendulum for climbers, and has given it the reputation over the past year as “the granddaddy of all cheap thrills,” according to the Associated Press. Stocking's death comes just a month after Utah state officials prohibited commercial use of the site.
"If people want to [chuck] themselves off a cliff or arch that's their business," John Andrews, general counsel for the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, said in February. "There is a general principle that owners who hold their land open for recreational use are insulated from liability. We felt there was more risk [to the state] if someone operated under a permit and someone got hurt."
Utah High Adventure, a company that leads outdoor adventures, was one of the outfitters to be banned from using the site. But while the ban cut into their business, the company’s owner, Thad James, said he sympathized with the decision.
"It's a bummer they closed it, but I can understand where they are coming from," James said. "If you don't do it exactly right you can die.”