Man Dies in Zip Line Fall at Michigan Camp

Zip line at Bay Shore Camp.

Zip line at Bay Shore Camp.

On Sept. 24, an 85-year-old man from West Michigan died after falling from a zip line at Bay Shore Camp, in Huron County, Mich. Eyewitnesses and video footage show the man had just started his descent on the zip line and fell 25 feet to the ground after the harness mechanism became detached from the cable.

The cause of the detachment is still being investigated. Deputies have called in Mike Barker, a vice president of the Professional Ropes Course Association, to help determine the cause of the incident. Days after the accident, deputies from the Huron County Sheriff Department said preliminary investigations showed the safety equipment tying the man to the zip line was in good working condition.

Bay Shore Camp provides camps and services for youth and adults. Officials there said there have been no other accidents involving the zip line during its years of operation. The camp is cooperating with the investigation.


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Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.

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