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Trauma identified as cause of death for Hilton Head woman on Utah zip line tour

Zip line at Utah resort where Hilton Head woman lost her life

Video of zip lines at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah where Lisa Lambe, 55, of Hilton Head tragically lost her life on Friday, May 20, 2016. Officials with the Utah County Sheriff's Office say Lambe died of blunt force trauma while taking par
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Video of zip lines at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah where Lisa Lambe, 55, of Hilton Head tragically lost her life on Friday, May 20, 2016. Officials with the Utah County Sheriff's Office say Lambe died of blunt force trauma while taking par

What began as a family trip to the beautiful Utah mountains for a 55-year-old Hilton Head woman ended tragically Friday when she died from injuries sustained on a zip line tour.

Officials said Sunday they believe Lisa Lambe died of blunt force trauma while taking part in the Sundance Mountain Resort ZipTour.

Lambe and her husband were both riding the zip line course Friday when she failed to reach the end of the attraction, said Utah County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

She was later found suspended in a harness, unconscious with serious injuries including bruises and broken bones along the right side of her body, Cannon said.

It took tour staff several minutes to locate Lambe and get her to the ground, Cannon said.

When authorities arrived, first aid was given and Lambe was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, but she could not be revived, the sheriff’s office reported.

There is no foul play suspected in the death, but exactly how Lambe sustained the trauma was not yet determined by the sheriff’s office, Cannon said.

The weather on the day Lambe took the zip line was unusually windy, which may have contributed to the incident, Cannon said. There were maximum wind gusts of 52 mph in the area on the day, according to reports from Weather Underground.

Investigators will return to the scene Monday to attempt to determine what led to the death.

The zip line tour operated by the mountain ski resort includes a 2,100-foot vertical drop and views of Mount Timpanogos. Participants travel at more than 65 miles per hour, according to the resort’s website.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and we’re cooperating completely with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office investigation,” said Czar Johnson, director of mountain operations at the resort.

The zip line tour was inspected by the manufacturer, ZipRider, Saturday and deemed to be safe to reopen to the public, Johnson said.

Erin Heffernan: 843-706-8142, @IPBG_Erinh

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