A zipline instructor has died after he sacrificed himself to save a customer.
Joaquin Romero died after falling to the ground while helping a customer at the La Jolla Zoom Zipline in Pauma Valley, California.
Since the news broke tributes have been pouring in…
Romero’s friend claims he was helping a woman get harnessed and prepared for the zipline when she began sliding out of the platform, TooFab reports.
Thirty-four-year-old Romero tried to grab the woman and pull her back to the platform but ended up being dragged out onto the zipline with her.
The outlet reports that Romero and the woman were left stranded in the middle of the line.
Worried about how much weight was on the line and fearing that his additional weight would cause them both to fall, Romero made the selfless decision to let go.
Fox5 reports that Romero was found by first responders, 100 feet below the line and had suffered major trauma injuries.
He was pulled to the roadside before being airlifted to the hospital but sadly died from his injuries just days later.
Tribal chairwoman with the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Normal Contreras, told Fox 5 that they are “saddened and heart-broken over the recent tragic accident.”
Offering “sincere condolences to our employee and his family,” she added: “Given the circumstances of the accident, the Tribe is conducting an in-depth and comprehensive investigation, in coordination and cooperation with federal and state authorities. Until this investigation is completed, we won’t be able to provide any further comment on this incident. We ask that you join us in keeping our employee and his family in our prayers.”
A fundraising night has been organized to help his family.
A Facebook post about the event explained: “This fundraiser is to help the family out with the recent loss of Rick’s brother Joaquin Romero. Thank you for your support in helping the family during this time.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up.
Rest in peace, Joaquin Romero.