- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman from Washington D.C. has died while rappelling a canyon in central Utah.

The 33-year-old woman was climbing near Hanksville before falling 40 feet (12 meters) down the slot canyon, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.

A canyoneering party told deputies that the woman was coming out of Angel Cove Canyon when she slid 20 feet (6 meters), then fell another 40 feet (12 meters) to the bottom of the canyon, Wayne County sheriff’s officials said.

The woman’s friends attempted to resuscitate her, but she was declared dead at the scene, deputies said.

The Wayne County sheriff and deputies and a search and rescue unit responded to the Angel Point Cove trailhead in Hanksville, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.

Classic Helicopter in Moab also assisted in the rescue attempt, deputies said.

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