2014-03-27 / Front Page

County man dies in Zion BASE jump

El Portal resident Sean Leary fell to his death earlier this month in Utah's Zion National Park while BASE jumping. Five Ten | ContributedEl Portal resident Sean Leary fell to his death earlier this month in Utah's Zion National Park while BASE jumping. Five Ten | ContributedThursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:50 a.m. - Rescue crews have recovered the body of a world-renowned BASE jumper from Mariposa County who fell to his death earlier this month in Utah’s Zion National Park.

Sean Leary, 38, of El Portal, is believed to have jumped from a rock formation known as West Temple peak in the park on March 13, colliding with a rock below his launching point.

Search and rescue operations were initiated on Sunday, March 23 after Leary failed to check in with family and friends and his rental car was reported late.

According to the National Park Service, Leary’s body was found on Sunday afternoon after a helicopter crew discovered his remains below West Temple peak on a rock formation.

BASE jumping is illegal in Zion National Park.

Leary, who was wearing a “wing suit” in addition to using a traditional parachute, was also a stunt actor in extreme films.

He is survived by his wife, Mika.

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