Mum died after plunging 40ft from Go Ape zip wire during her ‘bucket list’ challenge


These are the first pictures of the beloved mum who plummeted 40 feet to her death from a zip wire at a Go Ape adventure park.

Tina Werner, 59, fell a ‘treetop’ platform at Lums Pond State Park in Delaware, US, yesterday while fulfilling a ‘bucket list’ challenge.

She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was tragically pronounced dead.

Yesterday afternoon, Tina’s grief-stricken daughter, Melissa, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her mum, describing her as ‘full of love and adventure’.

Posting an image of her mum kissing her on the cheek at her wedding, the young woman wrote: “Today, about 3 hours ago, I was told that my mother has died.

“Full of love and adventure, I am thankful to be her daughter. My mom died completing her bucket list, zip lining in Newark.

“During this time, I seek to understand God’s purpose. I want to take this opportunity to remind you that we never know when we are no longer on this earth.”

She added: “This is truly the hardest situation that I have ever faced. I ask for you prayers for my family.

“I would also like to ask for prayers as I learn how to make arrangements. Please hold your family close tonight and give God glory.”

Shocked friends and other family members offered their condolences to Melissa, a former student at Delaware Technical & Community College.

Marianna Graziano Johnson, who changed her profile picture to an image of herself and Tina, told the young woman that her mum was a ‘loving’ friend.

She wrote: “Your mother was the most loving , caring person I ever met. She was my best friend and the first friend I made when we moved to Delaware.

“She lived life to the fullest and she cherished her family, especially you Melissa. I will miss her so much.”

Another friend, Caitlin Marie Cloninger, said: “Praying so hard for you. you and your mom were such a big part of my childhood.

“Memories I will always hold close to my heart. let me and mom know if there’s anything at all the family needs.”

A third, Ray St Clair, added: “I’m so sorry Melissa I just talked to her the other day too this hurts me beyond words she was like a mom to me when we were kids.”

It is unclear whether Tina was accompanied by relatives or friends at the Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure attraction in Bear yesterday.

She fell from the zip wire after losing her footing on a platform at around 1.40pm local time (6.40pm UK time), officials revealed today.

She was treated at the scene, before being rushed to hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials would not release Tina’s identity, but said her next of kin have been informed.

It is not yet known how the mum, who lived in Felton, Delaware, fell and no-one else was injured in the incident.

The site was immediately shut down after the tragedy and remained closed today.

The Treetop Adventure features a two-to-three hour tour through the forest canopy with zip lines, suspended obstacles and swings between platforms, according to the Go Ape website.

The highest platform is around 50 feet in the air.

UK-based adventure company Go Ape runs 15 similar sites in the US and 30 sites in the Britain.

The company was first formed in 2001 and opened its first course in Thetford Forest, Norfolk, in 2002.

Go Ape policy states visitors are given a 30-minute safety briefing from an instructor before going on the assault course independently.

All participants are required read and sign a waiver after receiving the training.

In a statement, director of Go Ape director Chris Swallow, said: “The Go Ape team is deeply saddened by this tragic occurrence.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and in particular to those who were on the course with her at the time.

“We will of course be cooperating with the authorities with regard to this incident. It would be inappropriate to comment or speculate on the circumstances of this incident until all of the investigations are completed.”

An investigation into Tina’s death is ongoing.

News Source MirrorNews

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