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Old 04-15-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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It appears that the harness did break. Here's the story.

U.S. tourist dies after falling during zip line ride - News- msnbc.com

Subjective perception of risk and danger is interesting. Most of us do not avoid driving or riding in a car, but statistically it appears to be much higher risk than ziplining. Although it is true that ziplining is totally voluntary, many of our car trips are also.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Interesting. I read a post on another forum last year by a person claiming to have been in the same zipline group and they said the woman got stuck partway across because of a malfunction. One of the workers went out on the line to get it fixed and did something wrong.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I wonder if these accidents have anything to do with the larger people going ziplining. When I went in Cancun, they had a 300lb. weight limit and people on message boards had issues with that, saying they are discriminating. We are looking at going in Costa Rica, and the topic of conversation on Costa Rica forums is whether or not the ziplines support people over 300lbs. So many answered, saying they are well over 300lbs. and were allowed to go. One guy weighed 450 and said they let him go on, and admitted he wouldn't do it again because he felt like the line would snap. I think they should really consider safety before allowing everyone to participate. We chose a company in CR with a weight limit, as I really don't want to go with a bunch of people that will put that much pressure on the line. It's disconcerting seeing the line bend like that when a large person goes on it. It's a long way down if the line snaps or harness breaks and that helmet on your head won't help much. Not to mention sagging can cause them to get stuck halfway through. Safety over accommodation.
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