California zipline worker sacrifices himself to save woman stranded in middle of ride: Drops 70ft to his death rather than let them both fall under combined weight

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  • Joaquin Romero, 34, was working at La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline in the Pauma Valley in California on Saturday 
  • A woman he was harnessing to a zipline slide out and when Romero tried to grab her, he got pulled out 
  • He feared the extra weight would cause them both to fall, according to a friend, so he let go and dropped 70-feet  
  • He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died on Monday. The woman reportedly did not sustain any injuries  
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A California man died after sacrificing himself to save a woman on a zipline after fearing they’d both fall under the weight.

Joaquin Romero, 34, was working at La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in the Pauma Valley in California on Saturday when a woman slide out on the line while he was helping her get hooked on the platform.

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Romero allegedly grabbed onto her harness to stop her and got dragged away from the platform, which caused them to slide out on the line at about 100-feet.

Romero drifted down the line with the woman before falling at a height of about 70-feet, Cal Fire Department Captain Frank LoCoco said.


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